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P.E.T.S. LLC (Peterson Express Transport Service) is owned and operated by Kyle and Pam Peterson in Cookeville TN. Being animal lovers, we started helping with volunteer animal transports in and around Tennessee in early 2000. As we became more involved, our volunteer work developed into a full time job. We realized a need for safe, affordable transport for the many rescue animals being adopted to new homes up north from the kill shelters in the Southeast.

P.E.T.S. LLC has become the premier rescue transport organization in the Southeast servicing the New England area. Since 2004, we have helped transport thousands of animals that would otherwise have been euthanized due to lack of space in southern animal shelters. The American Humane Association has recognized us for this major accomplishment. Click here for details!

Our mission is to consistently provide a safe and affordable transport option for animals in need and promote the need to spay/neuter pets through education and making it one of our transport requirements. Altering before adoption is the only way to ALTER the future.  We provide several pick up points around the Southeast (TX, LA, MS, AL, AR, TN, VA) as well as several drop off locations in the New England area (VA, MD, PA, NJ, NY, CT, VT, NH). Due to time and cost constraints, we are not a door to door delivery service.

The 2 tractor trailer trucks and 2 trailers utilized for transport offer the safest means of travel for both the animals and our drivers.  Crates are not crammed in at different angles, which can minimize effective air flow, and all crates are accessible immediately.  The trailers are climate controlled with air and heat and equipped with securely fastened USDA approved plastic travel crates. Each animal rides in it's own crate that we provide and has constant access to water while en route. The transport stops to check on the animals every few hours as well as bathroom breaks along the way.  Our amazing team of drivers have actual beds to sleep in while on the road, which are required by law when driving commercially.  P.E.T.S. goes the extra mile, from beginning to end!

P.E.T.S. has come a long way from the handful of rescued dogs transported to the New England area in 2004. There are so many amazing people involved with the weekly transport from our employees to volunteers to adopters to the rescuers themselves.  P.E.T.S. is proud and honored to work with all of you and sincerely thanks everyone for their contribution in making this transport service what it is today.

Please browse the tabs above for more information about our schedule, pick-up and drop-off locations and times, requirements to transport with us, and other general information.  We are proud to offer a consistent, reliable, professionally run transport and we look forwarding to transporting your animal(s).

Pam and Kyle
We are a low cost transport service for Rescue Dogs in the Deep South and an Ohio based rescue. We provide loving, humane road trips for homeless, unwanted, unloved dogs, facing assured-immediate death from Southern Kill Shelters. We help move them to Loving “Forever Homes” and a second chance at life in New England and surrounding areas.

The most common question we get is: “Where do you sleep?” We sleep where the dogs sleep, “In the trailer!” There is at least one person with the vehicles at all times from the time the first dog is loaded until the last dog is dropped off. This will insure prompt relief of any discomfort the dogs may incur. This is also the case even when the we are empty.

We have scheduled breaks to walk – potty – snack in Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Groups of Volunteer “Angels” are spread out all along the route. These groups provide walks, love, reassurance, and 1 on 1 time with all on board. We also stop for the ones that “ask” for additional breaks. All crates have individual water dishes and are kept full 24/7.
"Jim Dandy to the rescue!  Jim Dandy to the rescue!  Jim Dandy to the rescue!
Go, Jim Dandy!  Go, Jim Dandy!"
This is me getting loaded up on the truck with P.E.T.S.
I was not aware of what goes on behind the scenes in order for you to receive your rescued animal. My rescue worker sent me the book below. It is truly an inspiring story of a pet transport company named Rescue Road. It's hard days and hard nights work they do with great compassion and unconditional love.

I am going to let them speak for themselves from their website material. P.E.T.S. and Rescue Road have wonderful YouTube videos where you can tag along for the ride.

I wished I had known how Elsie got here before hand. I think you should know too. You need to appreciate just where it all starts on the road home to you.
This is their website:

Click on my sister Magy for their video
We leave Ohio on Tuesdays passing through Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, and arrive in Texas on Wednesday nights. Thursdays we work our way from Texas, head across Louisiana and then head north towards Tennessee. Fridays are spent getting from the south to above the Mason-Dixon line. Saturdays are the magic day because after facing death, all dogs with me are about to embark on the most love filled part of their lives with their forever families. It is a a very wonderful - emotional event for all involved. And Yes, We usually shed a few happy tears. We arrive home on Sundays, for some hard earned rest. On Mondays we clean trailers and sanitize crates, and get ready to do “That Rescue Thing” all again on Tuesday.
This is their website:

Click on my Mom for their video.
Many of you may wonder why there are so many rescue dogs beside all the dogs in shelters. No offense to our southern states but this is where many of them come from. Most dog rescues are in Texas, Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana. The Southern culture has a different mindset than Northerners do. We are a culture clash as sure as Eastern is to Western. We all create a different problems for everyone. The southern states creates an insurmountable problem.

Dog owners in these states do not believe in spaying/neutering. They feel neutering a male is taking away his right to sexual fulfillment. It is a widely spread practice that dogs are not for companionship. They are for working livestock, hunting or guarding. Once the dog has out lived its use, you can figure out the rest.

Like many other farm and plantation animals, left outside to their own devices and filled with sexual desires, it is no surprise an owner would ever take responsibilities for the consequences. The explosion of dog over population is overwhelming. Many unwanted dogs are shot, tossed out the truck window or left in a dumpster. This is a Catch-22 situation. Owner's non-neutered males are causing feral unfixed dogs which increase the population then the cycle starts all over again. For certain southerners, this is not their problem and do not care about it.

A huge faction of southerners still abide by the 'Old South' lifestyle. Only a brief couple of centuries  ago, people were considered property; now they have been replaced with dogs. It is ironic how many people were the same as a dog. A man's dog is his property as is his land. It would be prejudice at this point, not to mention Northern Presidents were also slave owners during that period of time.

Government will not step forward to interject some reasoning into the over population explosion. Animal rights activists, such as PETA, have put forth bills addressing serious issues with serious consequences to the state's legislators that have failed. The group also presented a bill with monumental concessions on their part, passed in state legislation, only to be vetoed by the Governor.  Dog owners were quite relieved when announced; dogs are their property. No government is going to put restrictions, limitations or laws on one's own property. The constituency is too big to lose voters over such a dead issue. It is a sad state of affairs when conditions remain the same after such a prolonged period of time. Northerners continue working hard rescuing tossed away southern property.

Southerners are not the only ones creating this problem. The string of storms in 2017 contributed many, many rescue dogs. They were separated from their families, could not be found or found their way home where there was no home left. Many of the loved, sick, injured and lost were put in regular or rescue shelters. They were eventually found by their owners, adopted out or definitely euthanized.

These words sound very bias. However, the fact remains that the transport trucks are only going one way with dogs; south to north.