PHOENIX (FOX 10) - Staff and volunteers of the Arizona Animal Welfare League drive across the state every week, taking in dozens of homeless animals from overcrowded and underfunded shelters.
"We're helping 32 partners from across the state that are passionate and wonderful rescues that don't have the resources or the ability to get their animals adopted," Michael Morefield said.
Those trips can sometimes take up to 10 hours a day, and after one of their two transport vans was damaged in a rollover accident last month, the no-kill shelter is now left with a truck so old it can't make it past Phoenix city limits.
"We're all stepping in to make this difference, but when we realize that we've taken in 6,000 animals from our rural partners since 2015, that's a lot of driving," Morefield said. "That's a lot of miles covered and having a lifeline like a new truck is going to allow us to continue to help those partners."
Until the shelter can rake up the funds to replace the vehicle, they're doing what they can to make ends meet.
"So when you don't have a truck except for one that isn't able to make that difference, you have to go through and triage which rescues are in the most need, instead of being able to say bring them here, we can make this work, you call, we answer," Morefield said.
Arizona Animal Welfare League