Twice a month Mahle leaves his home in Ohio and road trips through the South rescuing animals from high-kill shelters. The animals he saves are then transported to New England where families are waiting to welcome the dogs into their homes.
The name of his transport service is Rescue Road Trips and with the help of many others Mahle has been able to save tens of thousands of dogs. His route is well mapped out. On Tuesdays he leaves Ohio making his way through Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Texas, and Louisiana before heading back up along the east coast. All along the way rescuing dogs who without him would be facing death.
Along the way there are designated spots where volunteers meet up with him and his rig for “walk-potty-snack” breaks. During these visits all the dogs get walks, food and lots of love. The dogs are kept in crates in Mahle’s rig. Each one is secure and provided with water at all times. Mahle spends his night sleeping in the rig with all the rescued dogs.
“His heart is as big as a Volkswagen,” said volunteer Keith Remaly, who coordinates a group of volunteers for one of the designated pit stops in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Mahle spends his nights on the trip sleeping in the rig with the animals, but it is all worth it when he arrives to his final destinations in New England at the end of his week long trips. When he arrived in Putnam, Connecticut recently 50 people were waiting and they all burst into applause when he arrived.
“A few weeks ago these dogs were going to die,” said Mahle. “Now watch. The truck doors open, light pours in, and each one goes into the arms of a loving family. This is heaven.”