RedRover Responders volunteers deploy at request of Guardians of Rescue

Sacramento, CA (December 31, 2013) – For over 100 neglected dogs who came from Olympic Animal Sanctuary in Forks, Washington, it has been a long road to a fresh start. RedRover (, a California-based nonprofit organization, is deploying volunteers at the request of New York-based Guardians of Rescue to assist with daily care for the dogs who have arrived at Rescue Unwanted Furry Friends Foundation, an Arizona sanctuary.

The dogs were transported from Washington by Steve Markwell, president of Olympic Animal Sanctuary (OAS), in the midst of a large protest that accused OAS of inhumane treatment of the animals. Guardians of Rescue arranged for the temporary housing of the dogs at Rescue Unwanted Furry Friends Foundation in Golden Valley where they will receive veterinary examinations and necessary immediate medical care.

“This undertaking is much more complicated than anyone could have ever imagined,” said Robert Misseri, founder and president of Guardians of Rescue. “Having RedRover on the ground here gives us the qualified and trained personnel needed to care for these dogs.”

Distinguished by their red shirts, RedRover volunteers are specially trained to care for and shelter large numbers of animals after they have been rescued from cruelty and neglect. RedRover volunteers provide the workforce, free of charge, to enable animal rescue groups and law enforcement agencies to respond to large-scale animal rescue cases. RedRover has more than 3,000 active volunteers across the United States and Canada.

The dogs will remain in the custody of Guardians of Rescue while RedRover Responders volunteers assist with daily care, including feeding, cleaning and socializing the neglected animals at the temporary shelter location. Guardians of Rescue maintains legal ownership of the animals and is responsible for placing the dogs with rescue organizations. Any inquiries regarding rescue, placement, or status of specific dogs should be directed to Guardians of Rescue:

 “The road to rescue for these dogs has been too long,” said RedRover Emergency Services Manager Beth Gammie. “We’re here to see that all of the Olympic Animal Sanctuary dogs receive the loving care and attention they deserve.”

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