The Anti-Cruelty Society (ACS) in Chicago got in on the action yesterday! They agreed to pick up several dogs, 17 in fact, that were coming in from North Carolina. They will be busy this week prepping their new furry pals for photos and getting them prepared to find their new forever home. Just think, two different rescues in the Chicagoland area involved with Pilots-N-Paws (PNP). There were over 300 dogs rescued by Pilots-N-Paws yesterday with the help from many rescues around the U.S. and Canada.
PNP had set a goal of attempting to save 200 dogs this weekend. They soared right by that goal and landed over 100 more animals than anticipated. This was indeed the largest animal rescue by air in the history of animal rescue!
Due to inclement weather yesterday, one of the “Dog Is My Copilot” flights was unable to complete their mission. The last dog will arrive at its destination this afternoon.
Sam Taylor, one of the many Pilots-N-Paws pilots was grounded in Kansas City at their Downtown Airport otherwise known as KMKC because of poor weather conditions; postponing but not cancelling the flight. Sam carried through when able though – just as soon as he possibly could!
Sam flew one dog from Kansas City to North Carolina to his new home and then proceeded on to get the other four dogs, two guinea pigs and a kitten that were to be transported from Charlotte to Kansas City – the flight he expected to complete yesterday. When he lands, his dedication will be caught on film by news reporters. He will finally be able to deliver the animals to Wayside Waifs Animal Rescue.
For many pilots, this volunteer gig combines their two passions: a love of animals and their love of flying! For rescue organizations that are lucky enough to receive animals from PNP, they are guaranteeing the rescued animals a much better life. The relief that the animals display show that they just know that their lives are going to improve.
Several of the 3000 pilots that volunteer both their own planes and their time were present this weekend. Pilots-N-Paws was founded in 2008. The animals helped by this unique saving organization will not have to face euthanasia, suffer any more abuse or hardship. Now the animals will only have to be concerned with eating all of their food, sitting pretty for a treat and not losing their favorite new chew toy. They will finally achieve their loving, forever home.
A big thank you goes out to all of the volunteers that made this weekend a complete success! Pilots-N-Paws really achieved their goal and then some!