I had heard the stories about people driving long distances to transport a rescue animal to its new home. You see it on television on the Pit Bulls and Parolees show. I even saw a special about how this man makes a trip every week with a big rig for PetFinder. He transports animals over long distances that their new families are not able to travel. I always love these stories. They are uplifting. Well there is a group that is going up and beyond (quite literally) what I ever thought anyone would do.
The group is called Pilots N Paws. They are a nationwide network of pilots who transport animals from kill shelters to rescues. These pilots donate themselves and their plains. Pilots N Paws started in 2008 when Jon Wehrenberg helped fly a doberman from Florida to Georgia for Debi Boies. The two of them soon realized how many animals they would help and started Pilots N Paws. As of today they have 3,168 pilot volunteers and 10,551 volunteers.
While learning about this group I discovered an astounding statistic. In the south a whopping 70% of dogs that end up in a shelter, get euthanized! As a dog mom that makes me sick. I am so glad that there are people out there like these pilots who are willing to help these animals. It is not just dogs that they rescue. They have also saved cats, pigs, and reptiles. (And that’s just what I know of!) The group is currently a finalist in the 2013 Pilot’s Choice Award. The winning organization will receive up to a $10,000 grant from the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation. You can vote for them here, or by clicking on link in their website.
If you would like to learn more about Pilots N Paws, or would like to donate to them, please visit their website at http://pilotsnpaws.org/