Man has driven million miles and saved 30,000 dogs so far

Greg leaves his Zanesville, Ohio home every other Monday for a seven-day, 4,200-mile journey to help save dogs, many of whom are on death row at high-kill shelters in the deep South.

You may recall Greg Mahle, who we told you about last year when he drove a million miles to save approximately 30,000 dogs. His incredible dedication to saving lives hasn’t stopped there; he now spends half of the year driving across the country to save even more lives.

But now he needs your assistance. This is a plea from the YouCaring page set up to assist Greg: Rescue Road Trips is a unique low-cost transportation service, and its owner, Greg Mahle, is no ordinary truck driver.

Mahle leaves his Zanesville, Ohio home every other Monday for a seven-day, 4,200-mile journey.

His mission is to assist in the rescue of lost, abandoned, neglected, and abused dogs, many of which are on death row at “high kill” shelters in the deep South, and to place them in the arms of loving “forever” families in the Northeast.

Mahle has driven over one million miles in the last decade to save over thirty thousand dogs. Mahle works long, difficult hours – physically and emotionally draining hours – with extraordinary dedication, care, and love to ensure that every dog’s “freedom ride” is as comfortable and stress-free as possible.

As he travels, he posts updates on the Rescue Road Trips Facebook page to keep waiting families updated and to ensure that the unsung rescue heroes whose hands and hearts brought these dogs to Greg’s rig can share in the joy of seeing them find safety and love.

Greg makes numerous sacrifices: he is separated from his wife and stepson for half of the year, and they face financial uncertainty. “We’re still scraping by on a shoestring budget and a prayer,” Greg’s wife Adella says. Rescue Road Trips requires 50-60 hours of his time even on his “off” weeks. Greg’s most pressing requirements are a new tractor and trailer.

The trailer, which holds nearly 80 kennels, has outlived its usefulness, and the tractor is nearing the end of its useful life. Purchasing suitable used equipment and retrofitting it for dog transport will cost around $80,000, with the tractor and trailer costing $40,000 each.

We can buy Greg a brand new, specially outfitted tractor and trailer for $200,000, which will help ensure the most stress-free passage of these dogs on their “freedom” rides from the South. Greg’s work has appeared on the Today Show, Parade Magazine, WBUR’s All Things Considered, Dogster, The Boston Globe, and numerous other media outlets.

Rescue Road: One Man, Thirty Thousand Dogs, and a Million Miles on the Last Hope Highway, written by journalist Peter Zheutlin, is about him (October 2015, Sourcebooks).

Donors who contribute $1,000 or more can have a kennel named after their dog, favorite pet, or a special person in their life named on Greg’s truck. For a $500 donation, your pet’s name and Gotcha Day date will be stenciled on the side of Greg’s new trailer! We hope that hundreds of dogs will be recognized in this way. Rescue Road Trips, Inc. is a charitable corporation in the state of Ohio, and 501(c)3 status with the IRS is being sought. Contributions are tax-deductible.

Please contact us if your company has a matching gift program. If you prefer to pay by check, please indicate that on this website. Make checks payable to “Rescue Road Trips,” specifying that they are for the truck fund, and mail to: Rescue Road Trips, P.O. Box 107, White Cottage, Ohio 43791.

Please email Judy Gelman at [email protected] with the amount of your donation so that we can add it to our online total. A group of supporters formed Friends of Rescue Road Trips. Volunteers are always welcome! If you are interested in assisting or have any questions, please contact Judy Gelman at [email protected] Please contact committee member Glenna Mooney at [email protected] if you have information on foundation/corporate support. 

Please assist us in keeping Greg’s mission alive and in saving the lives of countless southern dogs who long for a name and a family to call their own. 

To make a donation, please CLICK HERE. Remember, even the smallest contribution brings Greg one step closer to his goal. Greg’s dogs greet him upon his return from another long and exhausting journey.