Flying & Driving to save lives!
We are an ever growing team of volunteers committed to saving someone's future pet, wherever and whenever we can. Our goal is to improve lives, not only of the rescued animals, but the compassionate, loving families that adopt them, we have seen, time and time again, the joy that a pet brings to their new home...
Watch some of the lovable reasons we do what we do!
This Years Rescues
October 02, 2023
New Rescue Pilot
Daniel Feitelberg is one our youngest volunteer pilots, He earned his CFI and Instrument Flight Instructor Certificates recently. He has an abundance of excellent experience after having taught flying in the busy Southern California airspace at the Torrance Airport. Daniel will be available to fly along on your rescue flights and provide some pointers along the way.
May 21, 2023
Buddy relocates to Arizona
When someone is diagnosed with a terminal disease it can feel very lonely. Often there are folks wanting to help and offer support, never exactly knowing what to say that will offer emotional support and comfort. But, maybe sometimes comfort does not include a single word, enter Buddy, a faithful companion that was always ready to give comfort when it was needed most. This is the story of a gentleman living in Sacramento, ca. with a terminal illness. When this man's time was over what remained was his unwavering companion Buddy, and what of his future, who would feed and care for him.
May 02, 2023
A family effort to save a big family of dogs.
April 17, 2023
A litter of four takes flight, Fresno to Sac. in search of a new home.
April 16, 2023
Stray Pug travels north for a better life.
March 16, 2023
Senior dogs allowed to live out their days.
March 06, 2023
Ryan Black aspiring Pilot and Vet Tech.
March 05, 2023
Another Abandoned Dog...Rescued
February 27, 2023
It's A Dog-Gone Good Steak
What is a vegan doing at Harris Ranch Steakhouse. Picking up a steak for his lovely wife, of course! Rio Vistan volunteer, James Long is known for his long haul transports as seen here with an Avenal Shelter dog.
James Long and his transport partner
February 05, 2023
It's A Challenge to Find Homes for Senior Dogs
Savings Senior Dogs are always a challenge for shelters, finding loving homes for these cast aside dogs is often the hardest to place. It is the senior dogs, the ones with health issues that seem to abandoned most by their lifelong families and owners. They have a special place in our heart, so when we can assist with the transport of a senior dog that is high on the euthanasia list, we don't hesitate.
Found as a stray...
January 06, 2023
It's a happy new year for Milo
If you're a dog and you wind up in a SoCal shelter don't cough, or you will be moved to the top of the euthanasia list. This is where Milo found himself until Bubbles Dog Rescue offered to take him and find him a new home. Thanks to Sharon Pearce for driving Milo the final leg from Fairfield to Olivehurst to join his new family.
January 03, 2023
SWEET POTATO HAS LEFT THE BUILDING!
She is taking her 4 puppies... Idaho, Yukon, Chip and Masher with her. RV2TheRescue was able to help spring her from the Manteca Animal Shelter just in time for the new year. A 209 mile journey in some challenging weather. All are safe and happy in their foster home. Way to go Casa de Love!
December 11, 2022
Stockton shelter kitties saved!
A last minute change of plans due to storms took place on Thursday. Pilots Ron, Chris and Harvest made the quick dash to Stockton and back to drop off the cats to Nine Lives in Redwood City.
October 31, 2022
Pyrenees needs a home
This social dog and people friendly dog needs a home. He is up for adoption in Fresno. $25.00.
October 17, 2022
Barktoberfest held in Rocklin, Ca
RV2TheRescue was invited to participate in the Barktoberfest held in Rocklin, Ca a couple weeks ago. Hundreds of friendly dogs and their owners attended this full day event to raise awareness and support for those organizations that support animal rescue. The event was sponsored by the Placer County SPCA. Tiffani and Sue manned the booth and talked to lots of visitors about how RV2TheRescue helps transport cats and dogs from various shelters throughout California.
BEAGLES CONTINUE TO LIVE THE DREAM
One of RV2's goals is to try and make dreams come true for all puppies. Thanks your help.
August 26, 2022
CHECK OUT THE AIR FORCE THUNDERBIRDS! Trilogy, Rio Vista, Ca had their garage sale day Saturday. Karenann and husband Bob surprised RV2The Rescue with a collector’s item donation. Bob and his dog, Shelby helped do our airplane annual inspection one year. And, I met Karenann thru our 18 hole golf group. AND, they have transported a pup for us.
August 10, 2022
The Crew inflight
Farewell to new friends
August 08, 2022
Mia looking for air traffic
Pilot Bob and puppy attendant Gary
June 23, 2022
tHe Rescue OF OBIE
This one was a lot of work, but we did it. How does a cute little shih tzu become a stray in a town like Apple Valley? Badly matted, abscessed teeth and infections and not neutered. Once again, Casa De Love rescue took the shih tzu got him the care he needed. He spent 9 days in a southern California hospital getting him back health again, at a cost of $1000.
Obie before grooming
Obie with his new adopted mom
March 23, 2022
Golfers Swing for RV2tHeRescue
The Rio Vista ladies 9 hole golf invited the men’s 9 hole golfers to a St Patrick’s Day fun golf tournament. They offered golfers a chance to improve their score by purchasing a charity ticket and move closer to the hole. RV2TheRescue was chosen to receive these charity donations totaling $350. A big thanks to the participants in this fun event!
February 27, 2022
Life just got better for Hope
Hope leaves the Fairfield animal shelter.
Hope meets another dog at the rescue center.
February 25, 2022
Kloe gets sprung from Martinez Shelter
Kloe happily exits the shelter on her way to Casa De Love
February 19, 2022
WELCOME TO THE FLIGHT CREW, SUSIE
Susie checks out the pilots seat in the RV2theRescue transport aircraft.
February 12, 2022
Three dogs travel across three states
Bart and Dixie offered the Chihuahuas "Mac" and "Cheese", great accommodations.
Jake flew the three dogs to Washington state from California
Mac and Cheese just chill'n in their cage.
February 02, 2022
Max is Ready for Take Off
Max, the puppy, immediately took to Glynn, his pilot for the trip to Redding, ca.
Max enjoys his overnight accommodations at RV2theRescue before his flight to Casa De Love
February 01, 2022
You might recall our previous story about Crispin, the kitten that barely survived the Cache Creek fire that our founder, Sue Clark, took on Alaska Airlines to his new home in WA state.
Well, Crispin is all grown up now and with a careful introduction and integration into his new home, he is doing well. You can see that he and the other resident cat have bonded quite well. Cynthia, the adopter, is a woman with a big heart for special needs cats! Thank you Cynthia, you are a rescue “hero”.
Crispin (right) gives a hug to his new best friend and housemate.
Crispin, all healed and happy in his forever home.
January 09, 2022
Pilot Tiffani holds one of the saved pups.
Pilot Tiffani, Kolby, and pups
Monicas and a rescued pup
Pilot Tiffani and Kolby unloading the pups.
Pups relaxing in their transport accommodations.
January 08, 2022
Marielle and Sharon with the Benicia poodle rescue.
January 05, 2022
Take the Bettie White Challenge
December 30, 2021
Peanut travels to La Habra to find a new home
Crispin survives wildfire injury and finds a new home
October 29, 2021
Severely neglected 8 week old mini poodles
RV2TheRescue volunteer Marcia Frankhouser responded to an urgent transport request for two little poodles with strangles, a curable immune system problem, that is sometimes found in very young puppies.
Volunteer Marcia attending to the two poodle puppies
October 24, 2021
Beating out the storm to save some pups
Tiffani Shiro and Sue Clark wasted no time in flying to the Fresno Chandler Airport. Waiting the arrival of Piper Archer 47225 was Mona Ahmed and 5 small pups that barely escaped being euthanized.
Sue Clark in the pilots seat
View from the cockpit, as the storm closes in
September 07, 2021
RV2Rescue transports donations for the animals at the Solano Co. animal shelter
Donations for the the Solano County animal shelter.
August 31, 2021
Husky takes a rest in Rio Vista
Cute Husky-Lab mix waits for his ride to Sac.
August 28, 2021
RV2Rescue participates at Hog August Bites in Rio Vista
Volunteer animal attendant Dale mans the RV2theRescue table at Hog August Bites event, with Fred in the foreground
A future herding champion...Perhaps
July 10, 2021
RV2Rescue volunteer pilot's Bill and Clarissa aid in the Lava fire animal rescue
Pilots ready the aircraft for departure of the Rio Vista airport
Bill and Clarissa in the cockpit
July 05, 2021
Dog thrown away for having Mange
Here is an example of a dog dumped and left to die at a shelter in Fresno because it had mange.
Day 1, dumped at the shelter
Two weeks later, a healthy, happy dog.
Day 3, Bright eyed, ready to love
June 17, 2021
Figaro travels the skies for his new home
Figaro is racking up a bunch of frequent flyer miles! Volunteer Pilot Ryan from Sacramento flew Figaro to Santa Barbara on the start of his journey to Colorado.
Pilot Ryan with Figaro
June 15, 2021
Freddie boards his flight
You heard of pilotsnpaws…..well here is pilotsnclaws.
Clarissa Spears has taken to the air with Freddie a Goffin Cockatiel. The smallest of the Cockatiels, but one of the most mischievous and smartest. Luckily he didn’t open his cage during the flight.
Freddie’s owner is a young college girl whose parents urged her to find a more appropriate home for Freddie.
Fortunately, Lindy Turner, a Redding, Ca dog rescuer, said she has an aviary and will give Freddie a good home.
After Freddie arrived in Redding he did a happy dance.
Clarissa Spears and Freddie
Freddie boards his unfeathered flight
Freddie gets his seat assignment
Sharon Pearce, Freddie’s chauffer
May 25, 2021
Up close tour of an animal rescue aircraft
Mona Elliott receives donations from St Joseph’s Church kids as part of their Catechism class for Lent. Thanks to Jackie Evans for her wonderful leadership on behalf of St Joseph’s Catholic Church. The kids had a chance to take a close up look at the Cherokee Airplane used for many of the animal transports arranged by RV2theRescue.
St Joseph’s Catechism class
May 15, 2021
Fist leg of Kodiak's journey
Marcia Frankhouser, Assistant Coordinator greets pilot Rick Reeves
Kodiak arrives safe and sound at Hillsboro, OR.
Puppy attendant Dale
Kodiak, rides patiently with pilot Martin
May 08, 2021
Chapo the sweet Bullmastiff
Chapo take a little R & R
Chapo heads to his new home
April 17, 2021
A Baaad Situation Ends Well
April 13, 2021
40 Cats in one Airplane!
Thanks so much to pilot Kevin who teaches Aviation Maintenance at Sacramento City college by day, and rescues kittens when needed. On this mission Kevin transported 40 cat, mostly babies as young as 3 weeks old from Visalia and flew them to Rio Vista airport where they were met by the folks from Kitty 911 of Antioch . They will see to the cats foster care needs and find each of them a wonderful family.
40 cats flew first class to Rio Vista
April 13, 2021
40 Cats in one Airplane!
A cat with a birds-eye view
Tiffani and her co-pilot/ Attendant
A plane load of supplies headed to the Rescue in Visalia
March 25 2021
Nate transports 17 kittens!
Nate D., flew to Visalia and then to Rio Vista to transport 17 kittens that were heading to Kitty 911 Rescue in Antioch, where they will find their way to loving forever homes. In flight, Nate, a pilot from Marin Ca. braved strong winds to transport the kitties, safe and sound. Good job Nate!
Nate unloads 17 kittens destined for Antioch rescue
An urgent request was made to transport a seriously ill pup from Visalia to a rescue in Santa Rosa. The sick puppy displayed symptoms similar to Parvo, an often fatal disease, or possibly an intestinal blockage. The owner was advised to take the pup to a local vet asap and the rescue would pay the bill.
As plans were coming together for a flight, the owner notified the coordinator that the pup was dying and shortly thereafter the puppy died. He had ingested a chicken bone and the owner waited 2 days before seeking help. I am too upset to post his picture. Please don't let this happen to your dog. Get help immediately!
February 20, 2021
Another very happy ending...
We wanted to share this post from Dogwood Animal Rescue Project because it typifies the work that rescues do day in and day out. A new life for Garrett . Watch the transformation from living alone outside on a chain to loved, adored member of the family. THIS is why we rescue. So dogs like Garrett can live the lives they deserve. Making a difference one animal at a time. www.dogwoodanimalrescue.org
February 06, 2021
Rescued dog dumped at Airport
A rescued dog was abandoned at Rio Vista Airport on Saturday, 02/06/21. Early Sunday Sue Clark , of RV2the Rescue was informed, via email, that a rescue transport from Visalia landed at the Rio Vista Airport on Saturday. The flight was transporting some cats that were headed to a rescue in Antioch, Ca. and a Husky dog that was to be flown to the San Carlos airport and then picked up by a San Francisco rescue organization. The pilot decided he no longer wanted the dog in his airplane, so he tied the dog to a post at the Rio Vista airport and departed.
According to the pilot, he left the dog behind because of the way he smelled, instead of taking him to San Carlos, as planned, a mere 15 minutes away. The pilot sent a message to the shelter in Visalia saying he was leaving the dog at the airport. Ketrena, from the shelter, was able to contact the folks who picked up the cats and asked if they would return to the airport and retrieve the dog. When the folks from Antioch returned, they found the dog tied to a post. The dog was eventually delivered to the San Francisco rescue. He is currently in a foster home for the Family Dog Rescue in San Francisco.
January 23, 2021
Kipper, a happy, sweet French/English bulldog mix had been living in Reedley Ca. since he was a puppy. But now at the age of 5 the only owner he's known decided he no longer wanted to care for him and set off to give him away. It appears that no effort was made to vet the person receiving Kipper. His next home was with a woman that chose to keep him outdoors day and night, this was a radical change from all that Kipper knew since he was a pup. And so Kipper began barking insistently throughout the night. Isolated, and likely scared and confused, barking was his only option as he tried to make sense of his current predicament. The woman that took Kipper in did not seem to have the patience needed to help Kipper adjust to his new surroundings, instead, within a few days of taking in Kipper, the woman put the word out that she would harm the dog if someone did not come and take him away.
Fortunately, for Kipper, Christie, a compassionate animal rescuer heard about this dog, and quickly sprung into action to save Kipper. Christie arranged to bring Kipper to Fresno, Ca. where Kipper hitched a ride to Lodi, Ca. with Mary a transport volunteer. Waiting for Kipper in Lodi, Ca. was Marielle Moyer who then transported Kipper to a rescue named Whiskers, Tails and Ferals in Napa Ca. where his life would be saved. Somehow Kipper must have known that his ordeal was coming to an end because it had not dampened his spirit to show love to the people who took part in saving his life.
Marielle Moyer, a Nevada resident and Vice President of Aviation Partners, Inc. is an avid volunteer for RV2theRescue. Aviation Partners, Inc. is headquartered in Carson City, Nv. They provide creative skills in aviation related to education, research, and development. They also provide the aircraft used in many of the rescue missions carried out by RV2TheRescue throughout California.