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Transport help needed PLEASE!!!

post #1 of 24
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My Grandmother passed away two weeks ago. She lived near Austin, Texas. I just found out that, although the other family members adopted her dog and birds, none of the family members would take her kitty. A neighbor has agreed to feed him for the time being but she cannot keep him.

This cat meant a lot to my Grandma. She adopted him from a shelter several years ago. In his previous home, he was brutally maimed by someone who decided to take it upon themselves to neuter him. He is now healthy, and is very friendly.

I have offered to take this kitty if someone can help with transport. I'm going to get in contact with the neighbor and see exactly where they are at. If anyone can help get Smokey Bear from Texas to Indiana please let me know ASAP!
post #2 of 24
There are a number of groups that do volunteer pet transport. Hopefully one of them can help. I'll PM you list. Good luck!
post #3 of 24
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There are a number of groups that do volunteer pet transport. Hopefully one of them can help. I'll PM you list. Good luck!
Thank you so much!!
post #4 of 24
I hope you can arrange this! It would be wonderful! But if by chance it doesn't work out, I would call the rescue group the cat came from and they can probably take him back considering the situation. Good luck!
post #5 of 24
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I hope you can arrange this! It would be wonderful! But if by chance it doesn't work out, I would call the rescue group the cat came from and they can probably take him back considering the situation. Good luck!
Thanks! The cat came from the local kill shelter, so I absolutely don't want him going back there.
post #6 of 24
Oh gosh no, nevermind on that then!
post #7 of 24
I'm in the Texas area, about an hour and a half or two hours from Austin, in College Station. I don't know how far up I'd be willing to go, but do let me know if I can be of some assistance.
post #8 of 24
How soon do you need to do this? We have company coming in this week, so my time is kind of tied up, unfortunately.

Look up "pet railroad" or "catster railroad." There are other, similar groups.

Normally, I could drive down to Austin, pick it up, and take it a ways north, but my time is spoken for...as Dottie keeps reminding me.
post #9 of 24
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How soon do you need to do this? We have company coming in this week, so my time is kind of tied up, unfortunately.

Look up "pet railroad" or "catster railroad." There are other, similar groups.

Normally, I could drive down to Austin, pick it up, and take it a ways north, but my time is spoken for...as Dottie keeps reminding me.
If time is a problem, I have a spare room here, though its small. If it wasn't for too long, kitty could come stay with me until you have time.
post #10 of 24
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Thank you sooooo much!

Ok, I've gotten a little bit more information from my uncle who lives down there. The cat is in Weir, which is very close to Georgetown. My uncle lives in Belton which is an hour north of Weir. He's willing to get the cat to his house.

At this point, I don't know when we're going to be able to do this, because I haven't gotten any offers to help outside of Texas and Indiana... got quite a bit to cover between here and there.
post #11 of 24
I live near the Jackson area in Mississippi. Interstate 20 (East/West) passes through. The Mississippi line is an hour from me. I could get to state line and travel to North Mississpi near the Tennessee border. I have relatives and property there that I could visit. Hoping this will come together for you and especially for the cat that she obviously loved and cared for so much. You are a wonderful person. I am sorry for the loss of your grandmother.
post #12 of 24
I'm too far north to help but lots of for Smokey that he finds his way safely to you.
post #13 of 24
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I'm too far north to help but lots of for Smokey that he finds his way safely to you.
My thoughts exactly. Lots of
post #14 of 24
Is there any updates on this??? Kitty safe and sound yet???
post #15 of 24
Yes, Updates, PLLLLLLEASE!!! Sending prayers and vibes that Smokey Bear makes it home very soon
post #16 of 24
Thread Starter 
No updates, unfortunately. I still have to find a bunch of people to help and people just aren't transporting like they used to... gas prices are too high. I've considered hiring a transport company or having him flown up here but I can't afford it at the moment.
post #17 of 24
What would an airline charge to fly the kitty up there?
post #18 of 24
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What would an airline charge to fly the kitty up there?
I'll have to double check with the people down there to see what he weighs. If he and the carrier together are under 19 pounds it will be $178.25 plus an additional $50-60 to buy the carrier. Over 19 pounds it will be $194.35 plus the cost of the carrier. Plus they'll have to make sure he goes to a vet and gets all of the certification and such down there which depending on the cost of their vet would probably be around $100-200 (I'm guessing high just in case).

That is all through Delta, I haven't checked out any other airlines yet but I'm doing that now.
post #19 of 24
You should probably check with Southwest, since they own this area.
post #20 of 24
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You should probably check with Southwest, since they own this area.
they might be less expensive, true - but do they service the final destination point?
hey, on a side note - was the Wright Amendment ever repealed?
post #21 of 24
Did you check out the link on the TCS page to "UShip.com"? Here's the feedback page for one of the carriers - seems like it might be worth checking out:
http://www.uship.com/profile/KITTYKONDOS/
post #22 of 24
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Did you check out the link on the TCS page to "UShip.com"? Here's the feedback page for one of the carriers - seems like it might be worth checking out:
http://www.uship.com/profile/KITTYKONDOS/
Thanks for the link! I filled out all of the information on the page and hopefully someone will contact me soon!
post #23 of 24
It might be worth a try to contact Best Friends Animal Society. They run the largest no-kill shelter in the US. Though they're located in Utah, they used to maintain a national directory of people/organizations who rescue or otherwise help cats and other animals. They may have some suggestions for you since they've done lots of cross country rescues with the help of volunteers.

www.bestfriends.org

Best of luck with your efforts to get Smokey to his new home. Your grandmother would be proud.
post #24 of 24
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Well, I did the uship thing and have gotten a bid. Someone is willing to bring Smokey Bear up here on Wednesday if I can have $175 to pay them. I'm not sure if I can come up with it that fast but please send vibes that I'm able to!
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