Man Drives 1 Million Miles to Save Over 2,000 Dogs

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6.3.14 - Man Drives Over 1 Million Miles to Save Over 2,000 Dogs

Greg Mahle is not just a huge fan of road trips, but is a dog lover supreme as well.  Making long distance trips twice a month for over a decade now, he has managed to find forever homes for over 2,000 furry friends.

Greg makes a 5-day, 4,200-mile road trip which takes him from his home in Ohio, south to Houston, Texas, then back north to New York, and finally back home to Ohio, all to assist in finding these forever homes.  This trip, multiplied by the number of times he’s made it, equals out to over 1 million miles, or 42 times around the world!

When he gets to the southernmost part of his trip, he picks up around 80 dogs, all facing almost certain euthanasia, then delivers them to pre-arranged homes up north.  So far Greg and his company, Rescue Road Trips, have saved and estimated 2,000 dog from imminent demise.

“You see the worst of people and you see the worst of situations in the beginning when you’re picking the dogs up,” said Greg.  “By the time you get to New England, though, you have people crying for these dogs.  These dogs who have never had anyone to cry for them.”

Greg adds that the South has an issue with strays due to a culture that does not believe in or enforce spaying and neutering.

Greg is not alone in his efforts.  There’s a veritable army of volunteers that meet him and his semi along the way, helping to feed, walk, water, and spend time and play the dogs.  He also only charges $185 per animal for delivery.  This is barely enough to cover costs like fuel, food (for the dogs), or maintaining the truck and the trailer.

Greg says he’s never had the idea of doing this to get rich in his head.  It matters little to him, as he told the Today Show. It’s fulfilling work.

“I like the world I’ve created.  I’m happy in it,” said Greg.



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6 thoughts on “Man Drives 1 Million Miles to Save Over 2,000 Dogs”

  1. Thank you Greg and company you are an amazing man. If you ever see a crazy lady running toward you waving their arms up in the air with a crazy wild smile….its me and I am harmless just a crazy dog lady that would anything for any four legged fur baby. I really hope I run into you one day what I have in my purse will be yours…you are doing an amazing thing for these dogs.

  2. Truly amazing!!!! love what this man and this organization is doing! Can’t stress enough, adopt and spay and neuter your fur babies it will help keep them healthy and help with the stray population. All of my dogs that i have ever owned in my lifetime have been adopted or found. And im so grateful for them!!!

  3. I am very involved with my county’s local ASAP and when room allows we bring in dogs and puppies from high kill shelters in states like NC and TN. It is so depressing that too many people don’t spay or neuter their pets, and lax laws allow for puppy mills to produce too many puppies who are dumped in overloaded shelters. What Greg is doing is phenomenal! He must be a very compassionate and dedicated person with a truly loving and supportive family. Thanks to him for his rescue efforts and to all the volunteers who meet him and his precious cargo to feed, walk and love up the dogs and puppies! You all have found your place in heaven and every dog you have saved has been given a second chance to find a family who loves them!
    You are truly a savior for animals who otherwise would be killed and buried without some much as a concern simply because there was no room at the shelter for them. When will the killing of perfectly adoptable animals stop. Pass the word! Call on your legislators to pass and enforce stricter laws governing puppy mills, ask them to provide more money to municipal shelters to train staff properly and provide comfortable places for animals to live, call for an end high kill shelters, and mandatory spaying and neutering of companion pets. MAKE pet owner responsible for their pets! Too many treat their pets like a disposable commodity.

    We need more Gregs, more good rescue organizations to pull dogs and cats from high kill facilities, and get more no kill shelters, particularly in the North, to take the animals into their facility to adopt out. We have been doing that for about 4 years now with a tremendous amount of success.


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