LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Local shelter pets are being saved using a nationwide transport system many don't even know exists.

Mobile Mutts transports pets from the shelters in southern cities to rescue groups in northern cities.

And the group met Saturday morning with employees and volunteers from Metro Animal Services - Louisville's animal shelter

Mobile Mutts loaded up about 20 dogs - including Doc - who has a special honor.

He's the 3,000th pet saved through Mobile Mutts' transports. 

And the group says volunteering to help move pets in need is something pets lovers can do to help. 

"It's a lot of fun for people who can't adopt or can't foster or don't have the time that they need to volunteer at their local shetler," said Robin Thonen, the Kentucky Coordinator for Mobile Mutts. "But if you can't do those things, hop in a car and drive a dog or two." 

Doc is a senior who is going to the rescue Secondhand Hounds.

The rescue group helps with senior and special needs dogs.

If you'd like to volunteer or foster for Mobile Mutts, click here.

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