YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Four dogs are on quite a journey this weekend, heading to Connecticut. Their day started in Chicago, Illinois and they will spend Saturday night in Youngstown.
It is all part of the Liberty Train rescue and training program. Volunteers sign up to help transport rescue dogs to locations where they can be housed. The volunteers provide transportation for each leg of the animal’s journey and log about 55 miles per trip.
Animal advocate Jason Cooke said Youngstown is a popular spot for the program because of the city’s close proximity to different interstates.
The final destination for the dogs being hosted in Youngstown is Waterbury, Connecticut.
The dogs were swapped out in Girard where first-time volunteer Nicole Mason took over the animals for the next leg of the journey.
“I actually came across it Facebook. I start volunteering for Angels for Animals next week, and I just came across the Liberty train,” Mason said. “I am always up for a road trip, so I figured why not. It is only an hour and 50 minutes.”
Cooke said a run sheet is put together that separates trips into 55-mile segments. Volunteers usually sign up through Facebook or email.
On Sunday, the dogs will start the next part of the journey to Connecticut where they will be taken to a shelter there.