Pilots-N-Paws (PNP) is hosting a National Event this weekend, September 28th and 29th and they have contacted Animal Rescue Foundation, Illinois (ARF-IL) and asked them to be one of the rescue organizations that stand with them during the event. Approximately 40-50 planes will embark on the “Dog is My Copilot” mission.
The event this weekend will mark the fourth annual awareness event. This rescue flyway will begin at Charlotte-Monroe Executive Airport (KEQY). The pilots that participate with Pilots-N-Paws will fly into KEQY this evening and prepare for the mass take-off early Saturday morning.
The hope is that approximately 200 animals will be saved. These animals will be divided amongst the rescues that are participating in the event. ARF-IL is preparing to receive four to five small breed dogs, three to four medium-size dogs and four to five teenage to young-adult cats. The animals have all been temp tested and fully vetted.
The greater North Carolina/South Carolina area was chosen by PNP since they are known as one of the highest kill-rate areas of the country. When ARF-IL was contacted and learned this statistic, this fantastic group of volunteers could not say “No.” So while they are always in need of foster families, they are counting on their foster volunteers to step up and to take in a pet or an additional pet. They are coordinating efforts right as this article is being typed.
Between the volunteer pilots and the volunteers of rescues, the planes will be loaded with the rescue animals from the shelters in the Carolinas and then relayed to the participating rescues that will ensure that these animals will finally find their forever homes. This particular event is expected to be the largest one-day annual event in the history of PNP!
Patrick Regan authored a book entitled “Dog Is My Copilot” that was released this past June and is all about Pilots-N-Paws; chronicling 24 Pilots-N-Paws rescue missions. There have been many memorable flights. The previous events could possibly be included:
· 174 dogs and 1 kitten flown out of Florence, South Carolina to memorialize the Chesterfield 22 in 2011.
· 171 animals were flown out of New Orleans after the BP oil spill in 2010.
· The goal established for 2012 is set to supersede both of the previous years and they are planning to do it this weekend!
If you are not a member of ARF-IL or Pilots-N-Paws but would like to help in some way, you can always support PNP by making a financial donation by going online to http://pilotsnpaws.org/donate/ or to ARF-IL by going online to http://www.arf-il.org/donate.html. By donating you will be saving some really wonderful animals now and in the future!