According to the U.S. Humane Society, four million cats and dogs, about one every eight seconds are euthanized in shelters each year.
Thanks to Pilots N Paws’ Operation Special Delivery, a non-profit organization program aimed to relocate these animals, 400 cats and dogs were pardoned from death.
Pilots N Paws is an award-winning charitable flying animal rescue organization that transports approximately 15,000 animals every year, using 3,400 volunteer pilots.
- Pictures: Pilots N Paws event at MIddle Peninsula Regional Airport (Oct. 5, 2013)
- A young girl in New Jersey watches one of the puppies flown by Lewis last year.
- A young animal lover with Puppy Love Pet Rescue, in New Jersey, holds two of the puppies flown by Lewis last year.
- A young animal lover with Puppy Love Pet Rescue, in New Jersey, gets the puppies off of the plane flown by Lewis last year.
- A young animal lover with Puppy Love Pet Rescue, in New Jersey, holds one of the puppies flown by Lewis last year.
A record breaking 400 abandoned pets were lifted off of "death row" in Georgia on Saturday, October 5, and flown to no-kill shelters, with the Middle Peninsula Regional Airport (MPRA) in West Point/King & Queen County serving as a changeover point.
The animals were taken from surrounding shelters where they were scheduled for euthanasia due to overcrowding.
The Pilots N Paws program also emptyed the Fort Stewart Military Pet Shelter in GA. Some of the pets from the shelter were turned over by soldiers who had to serve their country, while others are injured “soldier dogs” that can no longer serve. The remaining Fort Stewart dogs are being trained as service and comfort dogs for injured veterans, through the Paws of War program.
Starting at Midcoast Regional Airport in Hinesville, GA, roughly 50 pilots moved the animals to various locations in Florida, New Jersey, North Carolina, Virginia and Washington, D.C., via their private planes.
The flights were scheduled as follows:
•9:30 a.m. – noon: Moore County Airport, Pinehurst, N.C. – 31 animals
•10 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Middle-Peninsula Regional Airport, West Point, VA – 38 animals
•10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Warrenton-Fauquier Airport, Warrenton, VA – 24 animals
•11 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Flying W Airport, Lumberton, NJ – 64 animals
•10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Tampa Executive Airport, Tampa, FL – 50 animals
•11 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Naples Municipal Airport, Naples FL – 25 animals
•10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Palm Beach County Airport/Lantana, West Palm Beach, FL – 45 animals
For more information on Pilots N Paws 2013, visit: pilotsnpaws.org.
Martin can be reached by phone at 804-885-0040.