Without anything more than a good idea, Wiese went on the Bill Mack show on XM Satellite Radio, talked about her plan and asked interested truck drivers to volunteer to take pets in need of a home to their new owners. The response was overwhelming. “I had no idea so many truckers would be willing to help out with this program,” Wiese says.
Today, the nonprofit organization, based in Joshua, Texas, is made up of regional and long-haul volunteer haulers who donate their time to transport animals in need of a home. They coordinate their pickups with their freight schedules, transporting pets across the country. Volunteers sign up on Wiese’s www.operationroger.com website, and she matches them with pets on their route. Her volunteers have transported 486 dogs, cats, birds and even pet hamsters and rats in the five years of operation. The pets come from kill shelters and go to foster or adoptive homes. Many of the animals have been abused or abandoned and she doesn’t take any animals from the show circuit or puppy mills. “This is my critter ministry,” she says.