Last weekend volunteers for Pilots N Paws flew more than four hundred shelter animals in Georgia to rescues on the east coast. Many of these animals came from high kill shelters and were only hours from being euthanized. Now they will all have a chance at a good life. All animals housed at the Ft. Stewart shelter at the time of the event were transported. Many of these dogs will go on to be trained as service and comfort dogs for veterans with PTSD and other special needs through the Paws of War program.
The organization’s description from their Facebook page, “Pilots N Paws is a 501c3 charitable organization who through the help of general aviation volunteer pilots, transport rescue animals by air.
The mission of Pilots N Paws is to provide a user-friendly website communication venue between those that rescue, shelter, and foster animals and pilots and plane owners willing to assist with the transportation of these animals. Founded in February of 2008, Pilots N Paws continues to make a difference in the lives of innocent animals.
We have flown thousands of rescue animals, military working dogs, service dogs, and dogs soldiers have adopted from war zones to safe havens provided by rescues and families. We encourage everyone to please alter your pets and become responsible pet owners. Together we are making a difference and will continue to do so as long as this need exists. To find out how you can help, please visit pilotsnpaws.org.”
Pilots N Paws currently has over eighteen hundred volunteer pilots. Their goal is to reach ten thousand pilots to answer all the requests they receive. Flight requests are posted to their ride board and answered directly by pilots who are able to assist. The FAA has given Paws N Pilots a Humanitarian Flights status so pilots can use a portion of their expenses as tax deductible donations. Pilots interested in joining the program can find information on their website here.
Please see the slideshow for pictures of pilots and the animals they have saved.
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