Thank you for your interest in helping to transport animals for Ahimsa House! Our Emergency Animal Safehouse Services program provides temporary safe shelter for pets while their owners stay at a domestic violence shelter, where animals are not usually allowed. Our network of animal transporters helps us get pets to safety, drive them from the vet to their foster homes, and reunite them with their families once it's safe to do so. This is a very important aspect of our work and many of our volunteers find it to be one of the most rewarding experiences they have with us. There is nothing better than seeing the joy on the faces of both a family and their pet when you reunite them at the end of the pet's stay with us.
Being a transport volunteer requires some patience and tolerance for the unexpected. We provide services across Georgia, so we never know when we will have a transport need in your particular area. Once you have joined our transporter network, you will be added to our database and you will receive emails with transport requests. It is up to you to decide whether you are able to assist with the request, and to notify us if you are able to do so. The situations we are helping with often change by the minute, and for this reason pick-up or drop-off locations may change, the day/time when the transport is needed may be moved earlier or later, or a transport may be canceled altogether. We know our volunteers have busy schedules, and we do not expect you to be able to accommodate every change that may occur--we just ask that you be prepared for some unanticipated events and that you be patient as we work to coordinate these transports.
It is also important to understand that we do not usually know much about the animals that come into our care. Some may be fearful or aggressive due to abuse. Some dogs may have had little or no training. Some may be nervous riding in a car with someone they do not know. You do not need to be an expert about animals, but for everyone's safety, we require that all animals be contained during transport (leash and/or crate for dogs; carriers/cages for cats and other small animals), and we strongly recommend that all dogs be crated in the vehicle. Ahimsa House can provide these supplies if needed.
To learn more about this opportunity and to fill out an application, please visit: http://ahimsahouse.org/transportpetstosafety/
Ahimsa House Inc. is a nonprofit corporation that provides temporary shelter and aid to animals caught in the cycle of domestic violence.
Originally, Ahimsa House maintained a central shelter for animals at a secret location in metro Atlanta. In Fall 2006, we recognized the need to change our program model in an effort to operate more cost-effectively and to better serve victims statewide (see How We Help, below). In March 2007, Ahimsa House launched our redesigned direct services program, which houses animals via a network of foster homes and boarding facilities across the state.
To date (September 2014), Ahimsa House has provided over 40,000 nights of safe, confidential shelter for pets in need. In 2013, we took in 32% more animals than in 2012, and requests for our services went up by 26%. Over the past three years, calls to our 24-hour crisis line have more than tripled.
It costs us approximately $240 to care for one pet, though most cases involve more than one pet. Often, our cost is much higher when victims have multiple animals, when we receive exotic or unusual species such as horses, and/or when animals require extensive veterinary treatment due to injury or neglect. We have only four staff members; everyone else is a volunteer.
Ahimsa House relies heavily on individual donations, grants, and corporate sponsorships. We are run almost entirely on volunteer labor and receive many in-kind donations of goods and services, making us highly cost-effective.