When he pulls up to one of his regular stops, the dogs usually know him by the sound of his car. "A few of them are really friendly," he said. "I can hug them and play with them. Some are really scared, even after two years. One of the best feelings is when you have an old dog who has been abused all her life and you can actually touch them and hug them. It can take two years, but when it happens, it is amazing."
Most of the dogs on Baines's daily stops are regulars. This past March, someone poisoned about 15 of the street dogs along Baines's route, he said. "They put coolant on the street, and the dogs drank it and they died," Baines said. "I could only find three bodies." Sometimes there are new dogs because a common solution to a pregnant dog is to throw the puppies into the woods, according to Baines.