We are sharing this heartfelt letter to the HSOV which was written by Michelle Ingrodi. She happened to be driving a transport for Charm City Animal Rescue in Maryland today and saw our HSOV van loaded with dogs on their way to rescue. Michelle waved to our drivers (Marilyn House and Jo Ellen Gray) and later posted this letter and picture on her rescue’s facebook page:
Dear Humane Society of the Ohio Valley,
Today on Interstate 68 in far Western MD, I passed your van. I too was on a transport, but I was picking up cats in Baltimore. Your van was floor to ceiling crates, and seeing that sight caused me to break down. Because I KNOW.
I know all the effort that went into that transport. I know someone spent the time to find an organization to take animals from you. I know your vet techs spent oodles of time getting everyone the care needed for transport. I know your admins double and triple checked paperwork. Your techs got crates cleaned and ready and stacked so they wouldn’t fall. You probably begged for a driver, and I can say the two ladies driving probably thought I was a nut as I beeped and waved and gave them a thumbs up. But then they saw my bumper stickers – Adopt, Animal Rescue Transport Vehicle, and Charm City Animal Rescue – and for a while through the mountains of Western MD, we stayed together. Because they knew.
I know what it takes to organize a transport of that magnitude, animals and distance, so please let me give you a huge shout out and say thank you for working that hard for those who went on your transport today. I know that for a brief moment with all of those animals out the door you got to breathe, until you fill right back up with more. Thank you for choosing life, for choosing adoption, for choosing to fight for the animals who come through your doors.
Big, big love to you,