Sue Wiese, founder of Operation Roger

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Sue Wiese–founder and director of Operation Roger, a nonprofit organization chiefly consisting of truckers who use their trucks to transport pets, who’d been in shelters, to new homes across the country–discusses her lifelong long of animals and how she became a truck driver as a second career in her 50s, based in Texas.

 

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She also recalls how taking her family pets (including, initially, her dog, Roger, who since passed away) on her trucking runs, combined with a desire to do something to help pets left homeless by Hurricane Katrina led to the idea of creating Operation Roger. Sue explains how the pet transport works, including the need in some instances for “layover homes,” a very temporary foster home/transitional place where truckers whose routes prevent them from delivering the pet all the way to their new home can deposit the animal until the next trucker arrives to complete the delivery that animal. She also notes there’s an application process for Operation Roger truckers and layover homes–and that they’re hoping to recruit more truckers in parts of Florida, New England, among other areas of the country. (www.OperationRoger.com)

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Duncan Strauss is the producer-host of “Talking Animals,” which he launched at KUCI in California in 2003, combining his passions for animals, radio, journalism, music and comedy. The show has aired since late 2005 on Tampa’s WMNF. Strauss lives in Jupiter Farms, FL with his family, including four cats, two horses and one dog. He spends each day talking to those animals, and maintains they talk right back to him, an as yet unverified claim.

2 Replies to Sue Wiese, founder of Operation Roger

  1. Holly says:

    Hi
    How do I go about finding dogs that are available for adoption and to be transported to Massachusetts ???
    Would love to help a dog in need of loving home

    Thank you !!!!
    Holly

  2. Duncan says:

    Hi Holly,

    We don’t handle those sorts of things here at Talking Animals, but I imagine if you contact Sue Wiese via the Operation Roger website (www.OperationRoger.com) that she’ll be happy to provide you that information.

    Thanks for your interest, and thanks for listening to Talking Animals.
    Kind Regards,
    Duncan

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