PROD volunteers drive dogs to safety

June 18, 2005

It’s a warm summer day in June, and while most people would be out enjoying the sunny weather, Phil Chadwick is driving to Vancouver, Wash., with a van full of dogs.

Chadwick is a transporter for Promoting Responsible Ownership of Dogs, more commonly known as PROD. In this capacity, he gives his time to transport homeless dogs from Hood River to the Southwest Washington Humane Society.

Because there is currently no animal adoption program in Hood River, PROD has been in contact with SWHS to accept adoptable strays.

“The Humane Society has very strict criteria,” said Casey DePriest, Animal Control Officer for Hood River. “The dogs have to pass a temperament test before they are accepted. They won’t take dogs that are aggressive toward people or other dogs.”

But even before the dogs pass their temperament test, they must wait — PROD only sends animals when SWHS extends an invitation when they have an opening. “No animals will lose their lives because of our arrangement,” said PROD in their latest newsletter.

Once the animals are ready to go, the next challenge is getting them to Vancouver. This is where people like Chadwick come in.

Wednesday marked Chadwick’s fifth transport in three months for PROD. “PROD is really the humane society in town,” said Chadwick as he prepared Solomon, a one-year-old Vizsla/lab mix for transport. “There’s no other entity that helps lost, stray or abandoned dogs.”

Along with Solomon, there was also a five-month-old Chihuahua and a litter of seven 10-week-old puppies that Chadwick also ported. “My other transports have been one dog or two dogs,” he said. “But this is a big load.”

Chadwick is one of about five drivers that PROD currently has, but he’s a regular. “Phil’s pretty much a staple,” said DePriest. But even with his complete dedication, more volunteers are still needed.

Latest stories

Latest video:

Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"

Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge



Log in to comment

Columbia Gorge news and businesses