Friday, October 18, 2013

Operation Roger: As seen on TV!

I was watching "NBC Nightly News" back in April when anchorman Brian Williams said something like “we leave you tonight with a story from NBC’s Mark Potter.” I was surprised to see it was a piece about our friends with Operation Roger.

If you are not familiar with them, they are a volunteer group of truck drivers who pick up pets that need a loving home and deliver them to their new owners, sometimes thousands of miles away.

The drivers and volunteers call the 501(c)(3) charity group “Operation Roger,” after one of the dogs owned by founder and trucker Sue Weise. Roger was a toy Manchester terrier, the first Operation Roger rescue dog who has since passed away, but he used to go with Sue on the road.
OOIDA Member Mary Abraham, pet lover and an
 Operation Roger volunteer.

Sue, who is an OOIDA life member from Joshua, Texas, had a desire to do something for the many helpless pets who were left homeless by Hurricane Katrina. She established Operation Roger on Sept. 16, 2005, and since then, the group has found permanent homes for almost 700 dogs and cats.

The men and women of Operation Roger describe themselves as a “group of 20-30 truckers who do their job first and if they can help transport a pet to a new home while traveling the country, why not?"

I really like what these people do so Booth No. 321 was on my list of places to hit Friday to say hi to a handful of these generous truck drivers and let them know much I enjoyed the NBC story.

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