Truckers across the nation are volunteering for Operation Roger, an organization that transports pooches across the country to their owners, The Oregonian
"We're truck drivers," Sean Kiel, a trucker from Oregon told the news source. "We don't have the time to volunteer at anything else, really, so what we do is help animals
Kiel is part of a network across the nation that transports pets to owners. Whether the family has moved and can't afford to fly the dog - which can cost as much as much as $1,000 - or the dog is being rescued from an abusive situation or brought home after getting lost. Truckers volunteer to let the dog ride with them along a route that is going in the same direction, the news source reports.
When Kiel made his first delivery - bringing a bichon frisé rescued from a puppy mill in Nebraska to its forever home in California - he realized the importance of his work when the owner broke down in tears.
"I found something that I didn't really expect, and that was the human side of this animal project," Kiel told the news outlet. "I'm like, 'Wow, I did something that really meant a lot to somebody else.' And that was a very, very cool feeling."