Hundreds Of People Donate After Drunk Driver Totals Truck Full Of Rescue Dogs

Written by: Dr. Katy Nelson

March 2, 2016

***Update: 3/3/2016***

Nancy Cathey and her rescue pups have been reunited thanks to the help of one kind human!

This is Nancy Cathey. We picked up all the dogs. They all looked great. The shelter staff was extremely helpful. They…

Posted by Cathey's K-9 Rescue on Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The amazing workers at North Central Shelter posted this to their Facebook page:

North Central Shelter is so happy it could help in reuniting Cathey’s K-9 Rescue with its dogs. Our officers went to the scene of the accident to aid in recovering the animals. We understand there is concern about why the rescue was charged redemption fees on the dogs. This is a necessary policy for all animals who land in the shelter, even rescue groups. Before leaving the shelter all the dogs who weren’t already chipped were microchipped by the shelter. In addition, many of the animals were not spayed/neutered, which is a law, and there are fees associated with that fact as well. We loved caring for the dogs while they were with us, and wish them all happy journeys into forever homes and a healthy recovery to Nancy Cathey.

This is great news! We wish Cathey well and hope all of the animals find forever homes soon.

***Original Story***

Owner of Cathey’s K-9 Rescue Nancy Cathey takes her rescue truck all over California; she pulls dogs from crowded shelters, picks up strays and abandoned pups, and accepts owner surrenders. She’s saved over 38,000 innocent lives this way since 2003.

rescue truck

On Saturday, February 27 Cathey was transporting 15 rescue dogs when a drunk driver hit her truck’s rear and caused it to roll several times before finally resting upside-down. Some of the dogs got out of their cages and ran onto the freeway.


Firefighters on the scene cut Cathey out of the truck and rushed her to an emergency hospital in Los Angeles, where she is currently staying with reported minor injuries. All 15 dogs were collected with no major injuries as well. Tragically, for both rescued dogs and Cathey alike, the truck did not make it out alive.


A GoFundMe page set up to raise funds for a new truck has made outstanding progress, with over half its goal reached in just 3 days. Every dollar helps, and to Cathey’s supporters, friends and family, and especially the dogs who depend on her, it means the world.

Meanwhile, North Central Shelter in LA is caring the dogs involved in the crash. Before the shelter will release the dogs to Cathey’s K-9 Rescue, they require $1,500 fee to cover the costs associated with caring for the dogs. Not all of the pups were ready for adoption and, as such, some of them had yet to be spayed or neutered. The shelter is required by law to spay or neuter animals that come into their care. Unfortunately, due to the high costs of the accident, the rescue is having difficulty finding the funds to recover the pups.

While many commenters on the rescue’s Facebook post are clearly angered by the demand, we’ve been told they hope to retrieve the dogs today. We will update this post as we receive information.

H/t DogTime, Featured Image via ABC 7 + GoFundMe

Written by: Dr. Katy Nelson

March 2, 2016

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