Purchase of Animal Transport Vehicle

$2,020 of $3,500 goal

Raised by 50 people in 47 months
Hi Everyone, My name is John and it is my passion to assist dogs and cats that were dumped in the shelter system make their way to legitimate rescue groups across the United States. Sometimes the only difference between life and death for these companion animals is a reliable transport. The Humane Society of the United States estimates that 4 million dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters each year. Some states are more saturated with adoptable animals while other states have a larger demand. This is where I come in! The Purpose of this Gofundme.com is to purchase a larger, more reliable, safe, transport vehicle to be operated under John’s C2C Transport LLC. This retired school bus is just what I’ve been looking for and with the right amount of money put into it I can transform it into a lean mean lifesaving machine! The cost of the bus itself is $4500.00. I will outfit it with 2 Roof mounted AC / Heat pump units, $1900.00. These will keep the Animals in a 65-72 degree Bubble for the duration of the drive. Funds will also be used to buy shelving materials to allow for crates to be secured on both sides of the interior, I estimate this cost to be $350-$450.00. Additional funds will be used to paint the exterior and interior of the Bus White, estimated cost $1500-$1800.00.. further helping to maintain a constant temp inside the Bus for the animals. Any remaining funds will be held for servicing of the bus, tires, fluid changes, and other mechanical needs as they arise. A little about me: I transported Coast to Coast last year Covering around 135,000 miles in 9 trips for an average of 15k once a month with 2 drivers.....using my 1999 Dodge and a repurposed Fully enclosed Draft horse trailer.....I moved just over 500 Rescued Dogs, and around 25 Rescued Cats....All Breeds, all Sizes. To my knowledge I am the only one who offers these services from coast to coast and recently I have received quite a few requests to drive dogs to their safety but I cannot do so without a transport vehicle. I require health certificates, and a minimum quarantine time of 2 weeks on all animals. I have had no escapees, and all of my passengers show me gratitude in the form of sloppy kisses (puppy breath aww). This Bus will allow me to move around 35-45 Large breed Dogs in comfort, and as many as 60-70 of mixed sizes in comfort. I have met some very interesting Folks Nationwide, and I have had the pleasure of helping some very good rescues all over the Country. I have enough stories to start a book, and I hope to continue to add to those in the near future.... I hope my rescues will see this and pop in here with their view on me to help this fundraiser moving forward quickly.... The sooner I get the funds for this bus the sooner I can get back to saving lives. Thanks in advance for your Support, John Bloom Like my page on Facebook and see some of my travels by clicking here: https://www.facebook.com/JohnsC2CTransportLLC/timeline
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Update.....
So I have Bought the Bus. I have bought the AC units. I have Bought the Generator, and Electrical Parts to plumb everything together So that the Critters can all ride in A controlled Climate of 65-75 degree's......:)
I am about 600.00 Shy of getting the paint on the Bus....
I am so Close People.....
I know everyone is Struggling....Myself included...
I have to thank Some Private Donors who wish to remain behind the Curtains..... I owe you folks the World.....Without you we would not be this Close.
I hope to start Transporting In September, but that can only Happen if I get the Bus Painted in time....I cannot Run in many states as a yellow Bus, So I must Paint it before transporting can Begin.

PLEASE if you can Donate 1-5 dollars....
I have enough people seeing this that if everyone donated 5.00 or so, We are golden.....

Thanks, John.
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Morning To All...... Wanted to post an update....
Thru Some Wheeling and Dealing, I have managed to Buy all 3 AC units....YAY.... I still need a Bit of Funding help to Finish things Off.....My Original Need is Still $1800.00 .
I need to purchase Emt Conduit, Wiring, and junction boxes to get these Units Installed properly and Securely, so No Critter will be able to get to or Chew on anything....
I also Horse traded For a Very Good, reliable Generator to power all three of these units....So I am Very Close to Being ready to Help critters again.....
HUGE Thanks to all who have already Donated.....PLEASE if you cannot Donate, SHARE SHARE SHARE......
I will be working on the Bus some more this weekend.....Pics will be up Monday or Tuesday nite.... :)
Again Thanks to you all, John.
BIG SOLID AWESOME...:)
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OK,Folks.....So thanks to a Private Donation...BUS IS MINE........:) Will be home Friday or Monday....Depending on holiday traffic..... I still need to come up with 1800.00 on top of what is here in the Account.....I need to buy and Install 2 Roof Mounted AC units.....This will allow for Continuous climate control Summer and Winter throughout the Entire Bus.... :) PLEASE SHARE....and DONATE.... If 90 people donate 20.00 we have it......:)
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So Its Been a bit since I was able to post anything here....
I have found a Bus That Fits my Bill almost exactly....Its only issue is it is Yellow , not White....:) But it is Perfect in every other aspect....Has the 8.3 Cummins, 5 speed Overdrive Allison Transmission, Started Life as an Activity Bus, so All windows are tinted, It has Rear Access as well as Front access. Under vehicle Storage, Very low miles on it, and Well serviced with records. It's Cost is a Bit higher, due to low miles, but it will Transport 35-45 Large Breed Dogs in total Comfort, and and up too 65-75 Assorted breeds and sizes.....Owner Is asking 7500.00 Which is Well worth it.......they are willing to sit on it for me for a few days.....so I must try to act fast on this Unit..... Thank you to all who have already donated....I do not ask that you donate again, but please share this....Many many thanks, John.
1997 140k 8.3 motor overdrive trans.
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Penny Clevenger
23 months ago

School buses $3,500 Rockford, Tennessee We have 2 2001 modell international 84 passenger school buses for sale both are identical they have the dt466e engines with allison automatic transmissons they have been put out of service because of age both are less than 200,000 miles asking $3500 OBO need gone quick we have new buses ordered and these two have to go to make room for new ones call or text (865)415-9051 thanks edwin

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Susan Yeagley
37 months ago

Hey John. I love the idea of writing a book about your stories of rescue. I am not a "writer" by trade but have been told I have a way with words (maybe not always meant as a compliment, but I digress...). I was thinking it would be great to one day write that book and use the proceeds for rescue efforts :-). If you ever have the time to consider it, let me know. Maybe we could collaborate! Thanks for doing what you do...the four leggeds need more living hearts like yours!

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Jennifer Applehans
47 months ago

John is a laid back, fun-loving guy who has a special gift with the animals he transports. He has safely transported several dogs to me including one I adopted. There was one Chihuahua named Astro that he transported that stuck out in my mind because he actually bit his driving partner. John had to go in and get the little bugger out of the cage and talk him out of being a jerk. He got the job done and became buddies. Click to see the photo here: https://www.facebook.com/4Paws4LifeRescue/photos/a.445404842210149.1073741828.269115309839104/445406422209991/?type=3&theater I really hope that people will donate and help him share to get the word out so that he can do what he does best. I for one have a VERY hard time finding a transport and subsequently animals I could have taken in are euthanized simply because I could not figure out how to get them to Colorado. Feel free to email me with questions about John and his services.

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Tara PittieDogma Neely
47 months ago

John i sincerely hope that you are able to get the funds together quickly to get you back on the road... I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting you, your wife, son and daughter from the 2 trips you made that brought me my 2 Florida death row dogs, Tank and Seyah. I consider you a great friend that i would very much love to see back on the road. You definitely are passionate about the animals and getting them to safety, and it completely showed... Both trips i received healthy, happy dogs that didnt even need to decompress. They loved you and that showed how well you care for and about them!! YOU, MY FRIEND, BELONG ON THE ROAD. THE RESCUE WORLD WILL SUFFER UNTIL YOU ARE BACK OUT THERE DOING WHAT YOU OBVIOUSLY LOVE TO BE DOING... God Bless you and your family

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George Pappas
32 months ago

Hope this helps John.

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Erica Sanders
34 months ago

Yay! So glad you're making progress! Very exciting!

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chantele shipes
37 months ago

Go get em'!!

Penny Clevenger
23 months ago

School buses $3,500 Rockford, Tennessee We have 2 2001 modell international 84 passenger school buses for sale both are identical they have the dt466e engines with allison automatic transmissons they have been put out of service because of age both are less than 200,000 miles asking $3500 OBO need gone quick we have new buses ordered and these two have to go to make room for new ones call or text (865)415-9051 thanks edwin

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Susan Yeagley
37 months ago

Hey John. I love the idea of writing a book about your stories of rescue. I am not a "writer" by trade but have been told I have a way with words (maybe not always meant as a compliment, but I digress...). I was thinking it would be great to one day write that book and use the proceeds for rescue efforts :-). If you ever have the time to consider it, let me know. Maybe we could collaborate! Thanks for doing what you do...the four leggeds need more living hearts like yours!

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Jennifer Applehans
47 months ago

John is a laid back, fun-loving guy who has a special gift with the animals he transports. He has safely transported several dogs to me including one I adopted. There was one Chihuahua named Astro that he transported that stuck out in my mind because he actually bit his driving partner. John had to go in and get the little bugger out of the cage and talk him out of being a jerk. He got the job done and became buddies. Click to see the photo here: https://www.facebook.com/4Paws4LifeRescue/photos/a.445404842210149.1073741828.269115309839104/445406422209991/?type=3&theater I really hope that people will donate and help him share to get the word out so that he can do what he does best. I for one have a VERY hard time finding a transport and subsequently animals I could have taken in are euthanized simply because I could not figure out how to get them to Colorado. Feel free to email me with questions about John and his services.

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Tara PittieDogma Neely
47 months ago

John i sincerely hope that you are able to get the funds together quickly to get you back on the road... I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting you, your wife, son and daughter from the 2 trips you made that brought me my 2 Florida death row dogs, Tank and Seyah. I consider you a great friend that i would very much love to see back on the road. You definitely are passionate about the animals and getting them to safety, and it completely showed... Both trips i received healthy, happy dogs that didnt even need to decompress. They loved you and that showed how well you care for and about them!! YOU, MY FRIEND, BELONG ON THE ROAD. THE RESCUE WORLD WILL SUFFER UNTIL YOU ARE BACK OUT THERE DOING WHAT YOU OBVIOUSLY LOVE TO BE DOING... God Bless you and your family

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