How Do I Get My Rescue Setter?

Above and Beyond English Setter Rescue coordinates and arranges all of our own transportation for our setters – those coming into rescue and those headed to their forever homes. Our Transport Coordinators work with an amazing network of volunteers across the country, and we can transport our setters almost anywhere in the Continental U.S. at no cost to our adopters.  For adopters in Canada, Maine, New Hampshire & Massachusetts, we will arrange transport to the nearest state border to your home city.

Volunteer transport can be arranged in the Continental US within a 1,000 mile distance between adopters & foster home.Interstate transport of dogs by Above and Beyond English Setter Rescue to adopters,  requires a nominal fee of $50.00 for an Interstate Health Certificate (required by law). Typically, we are able to transport your adopted dog to within 2 hours of your home. *Dogs can be adopted outside the 1000 mile transport distance; however, adopters must be willing to either fly their adopted dog, drive to a location within the 1000 mile transport range, or make independent transport arrangements for their adopted dog. Transports to far West states, from Eastern states, may have additional restrictions.

What is Rescue Transport?

Most of the time, the rescue setters who come to A&B are hundreds (or even thousands) of miles away from the foster homes who take them in and from the adopters who become their forever families.  I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “It takes a village.”  In animal rescue, it takes not only a village, but wonderful volunteers across many villages to help them get from wherever they are to wherever they need to go.

 Rescue transport is a bit like an underground railroad.  Our Transport Coordinators (TCs) map out the route and break it down into 45-100 mile segments.  Then, leg by leg, people volunteer to drive our setters from one town to the next… and the next… until they finally reach their destination.  During transport, our volunteers call the TC monitoring the run to let them know how things are going.  The coordinators keep the entire volunteer team informed throughout the journey with updates on schedule and any information that has been reported about the setters that might be helpful to the subsequent drivers.  We stay in contact from the moment transport begins until the setter has arrived at his or her final destination and is safely home.

We love when our volunteers take pictures along the journey, and we close out every transport with a Transport Photo Album that we post on our FaceBook page.  This includes all the pictures accumulated throughout the journey, the story of how the setters came into rescue, and all the notes shared by our wonderful drivers.  Without our amazing team of transport volunteers, rescue just wouldn’t be possible.  They are the key that allows us to be a national breed rescue and save setters all around the county.

Amazing isn't it?  All these people coming together to help a single dog! Think you'd like to join this outstanding group of volunteers?  Just contact Transport Coordinators Jennifer Cloherty at and Heidi Kozubal at  You'll soon begin receiving notices of transports coming through your area.

Warning - Transporting is addicting and you'll fall in love many times over as you help these well deserving setters get a new chance at life!


Puppy Transport - Precious Cargo!

Archie enjoying his transport snack!

Hank Leaving the Kennel


Jennifer at a handoff during transport

Meet our Transport Coordinators

Transport Coordinator  Jennifer Cloherty (Temperance, MI)

“I became a Transport Coordinator for A&B because I know how critical transport is to the success of rescue, and it’s a way I can make a difference in the world. There is nothing better than to be able to end a day by saying ‘I saved a life today!’ I’ve also been blessed to get to know so many amazing people who give their time and their hearts to animals in need.”

Jennifer with seniors Sassy & Zoober!

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Heidi completing a leg on a 2014 rescue transport

Transport Coordinator   Heidi Kozubal ( Jeannette, PA)

"From the time we adopted our first boy Codie from a local rescue in 1998 it struck me how many different people played a role in getting him from animal control, getting him vetted, fostering him and getting him ready for adoption and I knew at that point that someday I wanted to help.  Years later my cousin who is involved with Siberian Husky rescue forwarded me a transport request for an English Setter coming through my area.  I had NO idea what a transport even was.  Now I'm hooked!"

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Heidi helps "Josie" get from shelter to her foster home

 Why Drive Rescue Transport?

Below are some quotes from members of this amazing team about why they donate their time and gas money to drive rescue transport.

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Amber's son with Layla

Transporter Amber Davis (South Bend, Indiana)

“I love to do the transports because I can't foster or adopt right now, so it's one way I can help so many of the dogs in need. Makes me feel good, and teaches my son that donating time and helping animals is a good thing.”  

Amber's co-pilot giving some transport TLC!

WT Lee, her son & Hiigns

Lee & her son with puppy Higgins at a transport stop


Transporter Lee Salas (Elyria, OH)

"I transport because I can't keep them all!!! But for an hour I can love them!!! And give them kisses and tell them they are beautiful!!!”  


Lee meeting a transport

Transporters Linda & Bob Fotoples (Oregon, OH)

“We became involved because we care about pets. We have adopted many ourselves. Helping with transportation is a way we can still help out.”  

Transporter Debra Westick (Whitehouse, OH)

“I transport for entirely selfish reasons I enjoy meeting the beautiful dogs and the fellow dog lovers that assist with the transport and I also love that I was able to help a being that simply needs a helping hand. It's a wonderful feeling knowing they are now safe with rescue or their new home and I was able to help in some small way.”  

WT Dixie & Family

Momma Dixie & her forever family!

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Barb giving some transport love to puppy Clover!


Transporter Barb Brown (St. Louis, MO)

“I recently retired and wanted to volunteer to assist animals in some way.  When I transport setters for A&B, I feel like I am saving them from a horrible situation and assisting in getting them to loving foster homes and/or permanent homes.  Transporting is a small way I can help and also give them some love on the way to their next stop.  For me, transporting is very rewarding.”  


Transporter   Libby Brinton (Valley Forge, PA)

“You know I love to transport as it helps transfer so many setters to fosters then to adoptive parents. When I retired, I was looking for something to do in my spare time. Ever since I started to transport setters last year, it's become one of my most favorite past times. Of course, my favorite is to either drive the first leg to see a pup on his/her way to a final new home or the last leg to deliver a pup to his furever home. As Heidi say, it's the stork bringing the baby to the mommy. I guess you could call me a transportholic.”

Libby saying good-bye at a handoff point.

Denise saying good-bye to Rusty!

 Transporter   Denise Lancake (Warren, OH)

“Why do we transport?  The answer is quite simple, we love dogs!!  We want to give each and every dog the chance of a happy, loving life, and if giving up a few hours of our time to drive a leg makes this possible then we feel as if we have played our small part in making it happen.  The look of love and trust in the dog’s eyes is enough incentive to wait impatiently by the computer for the next run to come our way.”