MAN DRIVES 40,000 MILES PER YEAR TO RESCUE DOGS - "Even at night, Mahle sleeps on a small mattress in the back of the truck, snuggling and comforting the more timid dogs."

A man named Greg Mahle has driven over 40,000 miles a year over the last decade to transport and rescue dogs across the U.S.  Mahle and other volunteers operate Rescue Road Trips, LLC which is a licensed USDA Class T carrier.  Mahle picks up rescued dogs, mostly in the South, and transports them to other areas of the U.S. where they can be adopted. Based out of Zanesville, Ohio, Mahle helps save an average of 2,000 dogs a year. Read more from The Newark Advocate:

For almost a decade, Mahle has operated Rescue Road Trips, a service that transports shelter dogs from overpopulated Southern shelters and transports them via semitrailer to people in the North looking for a new member of the family.

Every other week, Mahle leaves his wife and stepson, traveling from their home in Zanesville to Houston, Texas, where he starts to pick up dogs destined for their new homes. Moving on from Texas, he stops in nine Southern states, picking up an average of 80 dogs on the second leg of his 4,200-mile journey.

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On their way north, Mahle has plenty of helpers to assist his many passengers. Hundreds of dog lovers from across the country show their support for the rescue operation, helping feed, water, walk and play with the dogs, making sure they’re in good spirits when they reach their new homes. Even at night, Mahle sleeps on a small mattress in the back of the truck, snuggling and comforting the more timid dogs.

“From the time we leave, we live together, all of us,” he said. “I want to be with them, I want to know what’s going on with them because I don’t want them to be scared.”

Much respect to Mahle and Rescue Road Trips for their compassion and dedication to the dogs. Click here for the full story and here for more about Rescue Road Trips (Photos from their Facebook page).