All animals onboard shall be treated with respect and dignity. We understand this is a stressful trip for these animals and we will not make it worse.
All vehicles shall be operated in a safe manner. Sharp manoeuvring and heavy breaking should be avoided if possible to prevent motion sickness of the animals inside the crates.
Only hard sided plastic/wooden travel crates shall be used to transport animals. Wire crates will not be used.
Crates will be secured with ratchet straps inside the van. Unsecured crates are permitted if there are no crates on top of them and they are situated in such a way that movement of the crate during regular operation of the vehicle is unlikely.
All adult dogs shall be taken out of their crates at least one time in a 24 hour period and will receive food water and a walk at this time. Their crate shall also be cleaned.
All puppies will be fed and cleaned according to their age requirements. Puppies are not permitted to interact with each other outside of their crates for any reason. Puppies may or may not receive a walk or Xpen time depending on the outside temperature.
Vans shall be kept fuelled above 1/4 tank of gas at all times.
When dogs are in the van, there will be as little stopping as possible. Please try and coordinate bathroom breaks and food stops with refueling.
There is no overnight stopping with dogs in the van, please ensure a driver is rested at all times.
While dogs are in the van, the van shall be attended by a driver at all times.
The designated lead driver shall be responsible for the updating of the rescue log book.
Crates shall be labelled with the name of each dog inside the crate. The label will also indicate if the dog is traveling with medicine or special instructions. The names on the crates shall match the names in the rescue log book.
The rescue log book will contain a log of all billable expenses for the trip, as well as a list of dogs by receiving rescue, along with special instructions. All donations marked for the trip, received during the trip, or can otherwise be implied as being for the trip, shall be logged in the book.
Billable expenses for the trip include van rental and any fees associated with the rental, gasoline, hotels, and flights if required.
Transport costs will be calculated as follows. Total cost of the trip minus all donations received, divided by the total number of animal lives on board. Receiving rescues will be billed per animal transported. While we try our hardest to fund these trips through donations, we do not guarantee free rides.
No dog deemed aggressive or a flight risk will be handled without authorization from the trip lead. These designations will be labeled on the crate.
Ruff Riders Animal Transport is a volunteer run organization. There are no paid positions.
All volunteers of Ruff Riders Animal Transport shall sign a liability waiver before beginning to volunteer.
Ruff Riders Animal Transport is not liable for volunteers of other organizations.
All animals are transported at the discretion of
the trip lead. Ruff Riders Animal Transport reserves the right to deny transport to any animal that may pose a risk to the safety or health of the other animals in the van.
Dogs reactive to or aggressive towards humans are permitted to travel however advanced notice of one week must be given.
Drivers are encouraged to enjoy the drive while there is no dogs. Stop for photos, food, souvenirs, and to take in the beauty of this great country.