British Columbia

Critter couriers: Trucker who transports rescue animals needs drivers to join his fleet

Truck driver Josh Aldrich voluntarily moves rescue animals to their "furever" homes so they can avoid having to go by airplane, and he's looking for other drivers to join his fleet.

Josh Aldrich, founder of Fur the Haul of It, gives animals a ride in his rig to their 'furever' homes

Organization founder Josh Aldrich says his favourite passenger so far was a fawn with separation anxiety. (Facebook/Josh Aldrich)

Josh Aldrich is a truck driver who keeps strange company in his cab. 

The Cranbrook resident voluntarily transports rescue animals to their foster or "furever" homes across British Columbia.

Aldrich, founder of Fur the Haul of It, has had baby elk and deer, skunks, raptors and even a marmot sit shotgun in his truck and he is hoping some other truckers are open to having wild passengers ride along.

He told Daybreak South host Chris Walker he doesn't like the idea of rescue animals going into the hold of an airplane and would rather take them in his truck.

Aldrich transports wild animals, as well as rescue dogs and cats, around B.C., and has other drivers who help with transport to Alberta, but he is looking for drivers who can make trips to Saskatchewan and the United States. 

"I like to call them friends. Some people call them suckers that like to help me out," said Aldrich with a chuckle.

A rescued osprey on a ride-along. (Facebook/Fur the Haul of it Critter Courier)

Drivers are provided with critter food and animal carriers. They also get the benefit of a pal on the open road.

"Even the stinky little skunks I have had in the cab of the truck with me,' said Aldrich, who said all the drivers treat the animals with love, like one of their own pets.

His favourite passenger was a fawn he was transporting on a day his truck was acting up. He said every time he stepped out of his rig to check his vehicle the baby deer would cry for him to come back.

Josh Aldrich even lets skunks ride in the cab of his truck. (Facebook/Josh Aldrich)

Aldrich spoke to Walker from his Cranbrook home. They were briefly distracted by loud purring.

Aldrich explained it was his Asian leopard cat, a rescue from Sparwood, B.C., that has found a permanent home with him.

"My house is pretty much a zoo," said Aldrich. "I do a lot of rescues, but I am not very good at the re-homing part, I guess."

A rescued puppy. Fur the Haul of it is looking for volunteer drivers who can help transport pets to foster and forever homes. (Facebook/Fur the Haul of it Critter Courier)

But keeping all the critters he carries would mean missing the moment when he rolls up and their new family gets to meet them.

He loves "watching their faces light up" and seeing how excited both the people and animal get when it arrives at its "furever" home.

For more information, or to get involved, check out Fur the Haul of It on Facebook.

To hear the complete interview with Josh Aldrich click on the audio link below:

Josh Aldrich, founder of Fur the Haul of It, is looking for truckers who can transport rescue animals to fosters, vets of their new owners. 5:29

Daybreak South

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