What We Do

P.E.T.S. LLC (Peterson Express Transport Service) is owned and operated by Kyle and Pam Peterson. Being animal lovers, we started helping with volunteer animal transports in and around Tennessee. As we became more involved, our volunteer work developed into a full time job. We realized a need for safe, affordable transport for the many rescue dogs being adopted to new homes up north from the kill shelters in the Southeast.
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P.E.T.S LLC In The News

Southern Living, 2016 Innovators Changing the South

PETS is #50! http://www.southernliving.com/travel/2016-people-changing-south/pam-kyle-peterson-image

Knoxville News Sentinel and Chattanooga Times Free Press

Northward Bound; Dogs Dumped in South Head to New England, 4/26/2016


WSMV Channel 4 News Broadcast, May 2014
Animal Shelters in Northeast help relieve Tennessee overcrowding... Watch Video

New York Times, May 2014
Adopt a Dog With a Southern Drawl...View Article 

PETS works with GPSPCA, July 2013
52 dogs transported from Kansas and Missouri to Pets Alive Animal Sanctuary in New York’s Orange County – Press release... View Article

The Tennessean, July 13, 2010
Nashville, TN--Dogs from the South hit 'Last Chance Highway' : Animal Planet series chronicles dog rescue company...View Article 

Kidsday, June 19, 2010
NY--Kidsday interviews stars of 'Last Chance Highway'...View Article 

Herald Citizen, June 13, 2010
Cookeville, TN--Cookevillians to appear on Animal Planet show...View Article 

Jackson Sun, Feb 12, 2010
Jackson, TN--Group fetches stray dogs, finds them homes...View Article

Channel 11 Little Rock, July 9, 2009
Little Rock, AR---Thursday Morning Dogs...Watch Video

My Fox Memphis News, May 22, 2009
Memphis, TN--Northern People Adopting Southern Pets...Watch Video

Nashoba Publishing, April 3, 2009
Ayer, MA--'Jack' is one lucky dog...View Article

Best of Burlington, Spring 2009
Burlington, VT--Dogged Devotion; Golden Huggs Helps Animals in Need...View Article

Commercial Appeal, January 27, 2009
Memphis, TN--Annie, a plump, black corgi mix, waddled on stubby legs up a metal ramp into a horse trailer full of barking dogs...View Article

Cleveland Daily Banner Newspaper, January 1, 2009
Cleveland, TN--It started in Bradley County with three feral puppies. At 9 months old, the three Corgi/Spitz mix dogs had never been touched by human hands...View Article

Eagle Tribune Newspaper, October 19, 2008
WINDHAM — It was hard to tell whose squeals were louder yesterday in the Park and Ride lot off Route 111, those of the Southern dogs or their new Northern owners. One by one, the animals, after 24 hours on the road, clambered down a ramp from a converted horse trailer to waiting arms...View Article

Lucky Dog Show Podcast, May 3, 2008
Listen to the Lucky Dog Show Podcast where Kyle Peterson is interviewed while on a transport...Listen Now

Sanford - Springvale Register, April 10, 2008
Kennebunk, ME - Weekly Interview: Sue Richardson (Printed April 10, 2008) Four-year-old Arlo, an English pointer and a refugee from Georgia, is enjoying a dogs life in West Kennebunk...View Article

Ben Shot Me Magazine, April 2008
Click here... then click on "Pup Transport" when the page loads.

Nashville Paw - Feb/March 2008 - Page 10
It's no secret that Middle Tennessee has a lot of homeless pets and a shortage of homes for them. Fortunately, there are parts of the country that do have room to welcome furry friends in need... and there are unsung heroes who work day and night to get them there...View Article, then go to page 10.

P.E.T.S. honored by American Humane Association for "Best Practices"
DENVER, Nov. 21, 2006 - The American Humane Association recently honored nine outstanding organizations as national leaders in the animal welfare field for their innovative programs that effectively reduce euthanasia of companion animals. Each organization has an exceptional program...View Article

P.E.T.S. in Action

New to adopting & transporting a rescue dog?

Click this link: Youtube to see P.E.T.S. in action from beginning to end.


No transport the week of May 17--20


45 weekly transports a year

0 transports cancelled in 13 years

21 full and part time employees

15 States traveled weekly with 52 scheduled stops

2 semi-trucks and 2 A/C equipped trailers

1 Sprinter van

32 tires on the road weekly

2000 gallons diesel fuel used weekly

7000 miles traveled weekly for both trucks

5000 sheets of paper for crates folded weekly

190+ crates to clean and maintain

190+ metal water bowls to clean

1 TV show, Last Chance Highway 2010

70,000+ homeless animals adopted to new families since 2004….


Welcome to P.E.T.S. LLC (Peterson Express Transport Service)!

A family run business started in 2004 by husband and wife team, Kyle and Pam Peterson, P.E.T.S. LLC is committed to safely transporting healthy dogs and cats weekly from southern rescue groups to their new adoptive homes in the Northeast.

P.E.T.S. LLC was the FIRST commercial pet transport service dedicated to the animal rescue community. Since their beginning in 2004, the Peterson's have created an industry that has allowed for tens of thousands of animals to be saved from high rate southern kill shelters. Through their vast transport experience and dedication to saving animals, P.E.T.S. has developed important transport guidelines that have become the mainstay in the industry.  

P.E.T.S. LLC was also featured on the TV show 'Last Chance Highway' in 2010, which was produced by Al Roker Entertainment for Animal Planet.

Here's a video clip via Youtube that gives you an idea of our transport process from beginning to end.

Southeast Pickups

Wednesday...TX, LA, MS   

Thursday...AL, AR, TN (west & middle)

Friday...TN (east), VA

Northeast Deliveries (on Saturdays) 

MD, PA, NJ, NY, CT, MA quarantine, NH, and VT 

**P.E.T.S. LLC is also happy to transport your personal pet(s) along our route if it meets all of our requirements listed under the 'Information' tab above.  

Private door to door transport at an additional cost is also available.

P.E.T.S. will not transport unaltered, pregnant or heartworm positive animals. In addition, P.E.T.S. does not transport for breeders, puppy mills or pet stores.
Frequent Fido Rewards Program!  
For those who transport regularly with PETS LLC. (Email payments@PETSLLC.net for details)

P.E.T.S. LLC is a member of the Tennessee Upper Cumberland's Disaster Animal Response Team (DART). The UC DART Team is state and nationally credentialed to assist sister agencies and neighbors with any animal emergency including natural disasters, puppy mills and hoarding cases.  P.E.T.S. has worked in partnership with the American Red Cross, the ASPCA and Best Friends of Utah in such disaster relief efforts throughout the years including Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy. ATTENTION LOCALS... Click Here, to get involved with TN DART.