past rescues of 2020

December 23, 2020

Where do your donation dollars go?

Have you ever wondered, what happens to the money you donate to help animals in need? Well, the money goes to to support many efforts like helping this Colusa co. dog find a happy home, thanks to your donations and the efforts of the dedicated folks at PAWS. If we haven't said it enough: Thank you very much for your generosity.

December 19, 2020

A Christmas Miracle

We have a Christmas miracle to report. Lady a 12 year old chihuahua mix was dumped at a San Jose shelter, she is deaf and can’t see very well. and the shelter Casa de Love was stretched to capacity, as well as emotionally and financially but they could not let Lady suffer the freezing cold winter nights being left to live outside, so they took her in. A post on Rio Vista Nextdoor got the attention of a nearby resident who provides a safe, warm loving home for senior and hospice dogs.

December 16, 2020

Three acts of kindness this holiday season

This holiday season was an opportunity for the folks at RV2TheRescue to lend a hand to pets and their owners in need with a donated car load of pet supplies that will be distributed to folks that are homeless and in shelters. These supplies were donated by the generous citizens of Rio Vista Ca.

Meanwhile volunteers are trying to help an elderly gentlemen living in his car with his 17 year old dog to get into a better living space that will accommodate him and his dog together.

And a Grandmother with her children and Grandkids will have a wonderful Christmas thanks to volunteers at California Transport Group.

A dog in need
A grandmother and family helped by the folks at California Transport Group
Man and dog reside in car
Donations from the folks in Rio Vista, Ca.

December 10, 2020

Reunited and It Feels So Good

These babies, found under a blanket, were separated from their Mama. Luckily there was another mama to nurse them overnight. We are grateful for volunteer pilot, Michelle, that helped reunite this family. Always grateful for the rescues and fosters.

Mama and Babies Reunited

November 02, 2020

Little Bo Diddly

Little Bo was spared having to go to a shelter when Jacki’s cousin could not keep him. RV2TheRescue was happy to transport this one year old from Vacaville, Ca to Oakland to 510 Paws Rescue. They will find him a good home.

Little Bo

October 14, 2020

Shimmer leaves us behind...

A note from Sue Clark; The news of Shimmers passing was a sad note in these challenging times. She touched the hearts and souls of everyone who met her. She was my second transport as a volunteer and my first encounter with a pittie. Experiences like these stay with you always. She was special! Tribute to Shimmer

Shimmer's Big Smile

July 27, 2020

Pyrenees Guard Dogs at risk!

These dogs are looking for a home. They are at Yuba Co Shelter and at risk for being euthanized.

Pyrenees Guard Dogs looking for a home

July 26, 2020

Shar Pei-Mastiff puppies ready for love

A litter of Shar Pei-Mastiff puppies where picked up by animal Control, from a house in Redding, Ca. The puppies were transferred to the Haven Humane shelter in Anderson Ca. while they wait for their transportation to Love Leo Rescue shelter in Santa Monica, Ca. where they will be cared for as they await their new families. RV2theRescue was contacted and a transport was developed. Sue Clark of RV2theRescue flew to Redding to pick up the puppies with the intention of flying them to Stockton airport to meet up with the Southern California pilot. But things don't always go according to plan. Due to mechanical issues, the SoCal pilot had to postpone his leg of the transport until the following day. Sue's only option was to fly the puppies back to Rio Vista where she would care for them until they could resume their trip to Santa Monica, Ca. the next day. The following day the puppies were driven to Stockton airport where a pilot was waiting to take them to the Love Leo Rescue. Happy homes to you all.

Shar Pei-Mastiff puppies

July 19, 2020

Brûlée moves to NorCal to live with a relative

Brûlée’s owner in Southern CA was no longer able to care for her, instead of sending Brûlée to a dog shelter and hoping that she gets adopted, a family member Nathan, a resident of Berkeley, stepped up to care for Brûlée and give her a happy place to live. RV2theRescue was contacted and a coordinated transport was put into place. Brûlée was able to hitch a ride with Derek in his twin engine Beechcraft. Brûlée also had a travel mate, a Pittie that was also flying north. The first leg of this transport, from Torrance Ca. to Salinas Ca. would take 1 hr and 26 min. In Salinas Brûlée was met by Sue Clark of RV2theRescue. Sue transported Brûlée from Salinas to Livermore via motorcoach where Brûlée was met by Nathan. Now that’s cruising first class!

Pilot Derek delivers Brûlée to RV2theRescue
Nathan, and Brûlée meet up at the transport

June 28, 2020

Chica finds her new home in the coastal town of Camarillo Ca.

It was a hot summer day and Chica the cat, a senior in years, was in need of a ride from Sacramento, Ca. to Camarillo, Ca. Lucky for Chica, Bernie and her son were kind enough to provide ground transportation to the Sacramento Executive airport where they met up with RV2THERESCUE pilot Tiffani Shiro. Tiffani was available to give Chica a flight to Camarillo and a bit happy to escape the hot weather for the cooler coastal climate. In Camarillo Chica was met by Cheryl Stone, of Dachshunds and Friends Rescue. Chica now lives with her new mom, a cat veterinarian, Mandy Kaneko. Mandy and Chica, we wish you all the best!

Bernie and her son get Chica on her way
Cheryl Stone, of Dachshunds and Friends Rescue

June 26, 2020

In the right place at the right time

This is a story about two kittens that were dumped in a box and left in a parking lot in Visalia Ca. Fortunately along came Lacey who rescued two kittens. Once RV2THERESCUE was contacted, It wasn't long before volunteer pilot Tiffani Shiro was enroute to pick up the kittens and deliver them to a private animal rescue in Sacramento, Ca. There the kittens are bottle fed by Reagan as they await their new family.

Regan receives the kittens and will bottle feed them.
Lacey rescues abandon kittens
Kitten (on shoulder) begins pilot training at an early age.

June 25, 2020

You can't make this stuff up!

Dogs end up in shelters for many reasons, sometimes they are simply owner surrendered or the owner is no longer capable of caring for them.

Believe it or not this sweet dog was surrendered to Kings County SPCA because she was too fat! The very next day, to the surprise of all, she gave birth to 5 adorable puppies. In no time at all, she shed much of her excess weight.

Fat Dog with five surprises

June 20, 2020

Orange Cove Shelter Volunteer

RV2THERESCUE dropped off a van full of food and supplies today, at the Orange Cove shelter . The shelter has only one dedicated volunteer, Bertha. Actually it's not a shetler, but more of a last chance holding facility for animals many have been mistreated, sick, no longer profitable to the owner, and simply discarded. This holding facility that is desperately under funded, and sadly those animals that Bertha can’t get out to rescues are euthanized. The food we delivered was donated by our gracious supports. While the unfortunate truth is we can't save every animal in this facility, your support will buy some animals a little more time to be placed. Thanks to all who donate!

Bertha of Orange Cove shelter

June 19, 2020

Unscrupulous Breeder

It seems like every week a backyard breeder throws away cleft palates puppies like trash. Rachele Keech, of Cleft Pup Brigade takes those unwanted cleft palates puppies and nurses them back to health. Last week she took in nine, yes nine cleft pups! Three of them were found dumped in a box and rushed to Cleft Pup Brigade in Grass Valley Ca. Your much needed donations make it possible for RV2theRescue to transport the unfortunate and discarded pets, like these newborns, quickly and in time to save their lives.

June 10, 2020

International Rescue

These two puppies, Hannah and Sally, were rescued by Amanda in Mexico and taken on a commercial flight to Los Angeles where volunteer Jan drove from Palmdale Ca. to Los Angeles airport to pick up the puppies from Mexico, and pampered them overnight in Palmdale, Ca..

The next day Jan drove north for a couple hours to Bakersfield airport where the next handoff took place at Atlantic Aviation, the ladies at Atlantic were accommodating and very helpful in facilitating the hand off to RV2THERESCUE.

Volunteer Pilot Tiffani Shiro and rescue attendant Sarah Reese did not hesitate when called upon to fly from Sacramento to Bakersfield to pick up the Mexico puppies from Jan at Atlantic Aviation. The puppies were then flown to the RV2THERESCUE headquarters, in Rio Vista, Ca. From here the puppies were picked up, for the final leg of their journey, and driven to Soft Paws Rescue of Santa Rosa, Ca. for the start of their new beginnings. Puppies are always a bonus rescue.

Pilot Tiffani, (left) and Transporter, Jan
Amanda leaving Mexico for LAX
Pilot Tiffani, (left) and Transporter, Jan
Tiffani and Sarah in flight, for Mexico puppies

May 18, 2020

Another great Rescue Jim!

One of our often used driving volunteers, Jim Rose, left Rio Vista, Ca. at 5:00 AM to drive this cute Chihuahua rescue to Grants Pass, Or. This was by means a quick drive, This trip had Jim driving over 700 miles round trip, and 11 hours behind the wheel, no easy task. Jim is our long distance driver extraordinaire! We are lucky to have him as part of the team!

May 16, 2020

Welcome Kate and your seatmate Baldwin

One of our new volunteers, Kate, took her first RV2therescue flight as pet attendant trainee. Kate flew to Gilroy, Ca. to pick up Baldwin, a cute 9 week old puppy. Baldwin needed to make his way to Oregon, where he would get placed in a new loving home. Baldwin's mom was rescued from a high kill shelter in Fresno where it was discovered that she was pregnant when they took her to be spayed. Baldwind is one of 7 puppies, all have been adopted!

May 15, 2020

Paying it Forward

One of our volunteers always carries donated supplies in the trunk of her car. When she spotted this fellow in a wheelchair she offered him some food and toys for “Chunk” and a few things for his owner.

May 9, 2020

No amount of love and help was enough for Thor

We are so sorry to report that the little kitty named Thor, passed away this morning. His mouth was starting to heal and he had the best of care. This morning his foster mom found him being very lethargic. He passed away in her arms..... So many people worked so hard to save this little guy. His short days were filled with love!

May 4, 2020

Doberman transported to Redding, ca.

RV2 the rescue took 2 planes 6 dogs to Redding. Casa de Love gave a wonderful reception. The line crew in Redding were so kind to help us move our furry little friends.

May 3, 2020


RV2TheRescue volunteer Jim Rose provided ground transportation from Madera, Ca. to Rio Vista, Ca., where RV2TheRescue coordinated Evander's rescue flight with one of our pilot volunteers.

❤️TEARY-EYED UPDATE - EVANDER HAS BEEN RESCUED!! Once again, Lindy with Casa De Love Rescue is saving a life in need... virtual (((hugs))) to this amazing woman, and to all of YOU for pledging, sharing, and caring. Love to Dr. Cree Guardino who will be meeting Evander tomorrow to get him measured for his wheels! Hoping to have transport set up ASAP and will share his freedom photo. If you are so moved to donate to his care, here is his link:


🐕 WHERE: San Jose Animal Care Center

🐕 NEEDS RESCUE/SPECIAL-NEEDS ADOPTION FOR: dragging hind legs, wounds on knees & paws from dragging, unable to empty bladder completely on his own; dental needs - shelter notes:

Evander was a bit unsure when he was rolled out to the courtyard... but sniffing the wind in the hopes of finding his way home was all this #BraveDog needed to come around ❤️ When rolled to the gate, he looked at the outside world, often leaning far over with his snout pushing past the bars... and yet, in the shade fell completely into the moment soaking up all the love. Brave Dogs will #SPONSOR a set of #ChetakWheels for Evander, handmade and customized by Cree Guardino who has made & donated so many to dogs in need... so if there is a #foster and #rescue that can help this elderbull live his best life, please reach out. If you cannot foster, please share this post ❤️

🐕 If you would like to foster please click HERE to fill out the foster application:


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Reference - Evander #A1169423

#AdoptDontShop #ShareToSaveALife #FosteringSavesLives! #PleaseShare #chetakstrong

May 3, 2020

Thank you Roz and Molly

Do you happen to know how costly it is to run an animal rescue shelter? Even the smallest of shelters, must find money to house, feed, and often rehabilitate the animals that they rescue before the are adopted. Were it not for the generosity of donors like Roz and her lucky dog Molly, these rescues would not have anyone there to help them. Thank you Roz and Molly for you donation.

April 22, 2020

Just in time, two lives saved

Two young Yorkie pups were on the verge of being euthanized because they do what “ratters” do. Fortunately, the dog's owner was convinced to surrender Bella and Baer to a rescue, but the terms were that this needed to happen right away. Ruff Pack Refuge, of El Dorado Hills, agreed to foster the dogs. Sue Clark of RV2theRescue was contacted in hopes she could put together a transport to save these dogs lives; Sue realized she had a small window of opportunity to move these dogs before it was too late. There were fewer pilots willing to make the rescue flight, because of COVAD-19, and John Scaff of Lake Tahoe was one of the few pilots that volunteered to fly the rescue, but more importantly, he was the only pilot able to make the flight soon enough to save the dogs! John flew his plane to Visalia, Ca. to pick up Bella and Baer and transport them to Rio Vista, Ca. where they would spend the night eating, playing, and being pampered before they were transferred to a ground transportation team and safely delivered to Ruff Pack Refuge in El Dorado Hills, here they would be well cared for and eventually placed in a loving home.

April, 2020

Jojo makes it to his new home

COVID 19 didn't stop RV2TheRescue from carrying out a transport mission ( essential-transport of live animals) for Jojo a German Shepherd mix that needed to be rehomed. Her family had to move into an apartment and there is no yard for her to run and play. Sadly, her owners allowed her to go to Casa de Love Rescue in Redding, Ca. Transport volunteer Mary Laufer drove Jojo from Porterville to Rio Vista, CA where RV2TheRescue took over and drove Jojo to Chico, Ca. to meet her new family that adopted her. She will have 3 acres to roam and being the only dog, will no doubt be very spoiled.

Jojo enroute to his new home (above) and looking happy at his new home (below)

March 25, 2020

Thank you Gov Newsom

Today I was able to have an “essential” mental health day. 3 little puppies needed food, blanket and transport from Modesto to Merced. I didn’t mind the driving solo. The sending and receiving parties put the pups in and out of the crate so I could honor social distancing.

The only downside is, I wasn’t able to give a little snuggle to each one. Thank you Rio Vistans for your many donations!

March 7, 2020

A Dog's Devotion Never Ends...

When firefighters arrived on scene to a wellness call, the owner’s two dogs guarded the body of the owner and would not let anyone near. Another family member showed up and convinced them to let her and the dogs sit by her sister. They were able to eventually contain the distraught dogs.

It was a difficult decision for the sister to find a new home or turn Penny and Avalou over to a rescue. RV2The Rescue was able to aid in the transport by providing a rental car and fuel to make the 4 1/2 hour drive to Family Dog in San Francisco, where they will be cared for until a new loving home is found.

If you have a dog that is grieving, then maybe a visit to the grave site might help.

February 9, 2020

Tiny The dog with Spina Bifida

RV2TheRescue helps Tiny get to the Lily’sPad Rescue in WA state

Being a dog attendant is hard work