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Puppy Love: Pilots To The Rescue
NBC Chicago ^ | May 9, 2012 | Sandra Torres and Stefan Holt

Posted on 05/11/2012 6:42:21 AM PDT by KeyLargo

Puppy Love: Pilots To The Rescue

16 dogs and 6 cats were rescued thanks to the help of two volunteers from Pilots N Paws

By Sandra Torres and Stefan Holt Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Seven thousand feet over Central Illinois, a chocolate lab puppy rests its head on the shoulder of pilot Pete Tobin, seemingly lulled to sleep by the hum of the plane’s engine.

“On every rescue there’s about one dog that stands out,” Pete says through the headset, “one that makes it special and makes it all worth it. This little guy is the most special one on this trip.”

Just hours ago, this special little guy was in line to be euthanized at the Wayne County Humane Society. Instead he and 16 other dogs, plus six cats, were taken to the Fairfield Municipal Airport, where they were loaded into the back of a small, single-engine Columbia 350. A plane that normally seats four humans is now flying 22 strayed, orphaned and unwanted animals to Chicago on a flight path towards a brighter future.

Pete and his wife, Karen Johnson, are part of a growing corps of aviators who volunteer their weekends and their personal planes to support rescue flights posted on an Internet forum called Pilots N Paws.

The organization was founded in 2008 and serves as an online meeting place for animal rescue groups to coordinate with more than 2,500 general aviation pilots willing to use their personal airplanes to transport shelter animals to towns where they could be adopted.

(Excerpt) Read more at nbcchicago.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Local News; Pets/Animals; Society
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Freeper animal lovers, see the video at link.


1 posted on 05/11/2012 6:42:24 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo; unkus

God Bless these generous and kind folks.

Uplifting story, that exemplifies the America Spirit...thanks for posting this KL! :)


2 posted on 05/11/2012 7:25:36 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: KeyLargo

What a wonderful thing they are doing.

“They’ve had animals die being transported…”

It sounds like these little guys need to be tranquilized before a long road trip.

Whatever, these folks are doing a wonderful service. God bless them.

Panama has something similar. The only thing pending, which is about to pass as law, is anybody caught mistreating an animal will be mistreated in the wallet and maybe also go to the slammer.


3 posted on 05/11/2012 7:36:19 AM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Daffynition
I adopted a 13 year old Beagle last year, that through the good of so many, ended up in CT and in my home. I am certain he comes from Kentucky, and that he was set to die — and that he is only with me today through the good grace of God and rescue volunteers. Thank you to all out there who do so much, this is a heart-warming story that I am sure I will read more than once!
4 posted on 05/11/2012 8:11:35 AM PDT by GizzyGirl
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To: KeyLargo
Awwwww Thanks for the post.


5 posted on 05/11/2012 8:12:38 AM PDT by khelus
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To: Joe 6-pack

Puppy Love Ping


6 posted on 05/11/2012 8:17:40 AM PDT by khelus
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To: Daffynition

Thanks, Daffynition!!


7 posted on 05/11/2012 8:43:17 AM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; afraidfortherepublic; ...
WOOOF!

The Doggie Ping list is for FReepers who would like to be notified of threads relating to all things canid. If you would like to join the Doggie Ping Pack (or be unleashed from it), FReemail me.

8 posted on 05/11/2012 8:43:38 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: GizzyGirl

May God bless you for what you’ve done.

I guess I’m patting myself on the back but it’s my policy too to adopt only old dogs. I feel so sorry for them since it seems that most folks go for the puppies and young dogs and the old fellows are behind, usually in a small space until they die.

One thing that can be said for old dogs: you know what you’re getting. With puppies you have to wait.


9 posted on 05/11/2012 8:46:54 AM PDT by OldPossum
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To: GizzyGirl

Bless for opening up your heart to a critter who was in need. :)


10 posted on 05/11/2012 8:56:22 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: unkus

11 posted on 05/11/2012 8:57:48 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: KeyLargo; Daffynition

*Anybody* can join Operation Roger, if you’d like to be involved in helping to transport adopted pets to their new homes:

http://operationroger.rescuegroups.org/

The truckers *always* need ‘way station’ temporary homes and point-to-point short distance transportation help.


12 posted on 05/11/2012 9:48:42 AM PDT by Salamander (Hey blood brother, you're one of our own. You're as sharp as a razor and as hard as a stone.)
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To: Salamander

I checked out the site and the following was at the top of their home page.....wonderful news...God bless all those men and woman rescuing “God’s creatures, great and small”

“We finally got caught up on all of our Pet Transport Applications and are currently working on catching up on all e-mails (had over 250 when got back in the office plus 15-20 daily since—down to 69 this morning!!! yeaa), then it’s on to the voice mails. We have a big backlog. Please be patient with us.”


13 posted on 05/11/2012 10:20:53 AM PDT by Kimmers (Fair isn't everybody getting the same thing, fair is getting what you need to be successful)
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To: Salamander

Excellent! Deserves a donation! THX for the link.

I love heartwarming stories like this! Renews my faith in humankind [a little bit].


14 posted on 05/11/2012 10:24:49 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Daffynition

I joined them back when we didn’t know how we’d get the two Portuguese Podengo Medios out of the shelter in CA and into their new homes in NE and MD.

We were on the waiting list when the shelter director got involved and set up flights for the girls.

I’m still “on call” for my area.

Doesn’t seem to be much action in these parts, though.

Haven’t gotten to lodge/transport anybody yet.

But...I wait.


15 posted on 05/11/2012 10:29:00 AM PDT by Salamander (Hey blood brother, you're one of our own. You're as sharp as a razor and as hard as a stone.)
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To: Kimmers

I consider that wonderful news.

They are *so* willing to help but still relatively unknown.

With more public awareness comes more volunteer transporters.


16 posted on 05/11/2012 10:31:55 AM PDT by Salamander (Hey blood brother, you're one of our own. You're as sharp as a razor and as hard as a stone.)
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To: Salamander

I always have a soft spot for truckers....I see them doing a whole lot of good on the American highway....


17 posted on 05/11/2012 10:44:58 AM PDT by Kimmers (Fair isn't everybody getting the same thing, fair is getting what you need to be successful)
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To: Kimmers

Due to being a biker, I find myself spending an inordinate amount of time amongst truckers.

There’s kind of a “brotherhood” between the two groups.

Car drivers tend to almost hit us but truckers go out of their way to watch our backs.

Hubby used to be a long haul trucker and now his ersatz “son” is one.

He calls him on the road all the time and they ‘talk trucks’ and swap stories.

[until my eyes glaze over]

LOL


18 posted on 05/11/2012 10:52:53 AM PDT by Salamander (Hey blood brother, you're one of our own. You're as sharp as a razor and as hard as a stone.)
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To: Salamander
I don't believe you. :) Any PD in your *clutches* will be hard for you to give up! Plus you'll be *outvoted* by the rest o' the pack.

**Can he stay mom? Please? Please?**

19 posted on 05/11/2012 10:57:22 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Daffynition

I worried about that but how could I keep a dog from some little kid who’s waiting for it?

[I never said I wouldn’t cry some]

:]


20 posted on 05/11/2012 11:02:16 AM PDT by Salamander (If I'm too rough, tell me.....I'm so scared your little head will come off in my hands.)
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To: Salamander
You olde softy! :D


21 posted on 05/11/2012 12:37:48 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: khelus

“Awwwww Thanks for the post. “

You are welcome.

Most of us plane and pilot owners and renters are just like most everyone else in dealing with this Obama economy and not “fat cats” as the left like to refer to all of us. We sacrifice a lot so that we can afford a few hours to enjoy our hobby and volunteer to provide free services to young kids, sick kids and animals and encourage others to come along with us and enjoy the freedom of flight.

See:

Heidi’s Adventure c1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9FbpoVU7Jo


22 posted on 05/11/2012 1:08:40 PM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: Salamander

I am not a trucker but as a driver of a cage I have bikers backs....unless the bikes are on the go fast crotch rockets......can’t keep up with them.....


23 posted on 05/11/2012 2:47:50 PM PDT by Kimmers (Fair isn't everybody getting the same thing, fair is getting what you need to be successful)
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To: KeyLargo

Had I known, I would have contributed. Now that I know, FReepmail me where I can contribute. You are AWESOME!
Thanks for all you do. *hugs*


24 posted on 05/11/2012 2:50:25 PM PDT by Monkey Face (Despite the cost of living, have you noticed how it remains so popular?)
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To: KeyLargo

I will help however I can. Freepmail me. Please. Dogs need love!


25 posted on 05/11/2012 2:58:28 PM PDT by Monkey Face (It's bad luck to be superstitious.)
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To: Monkey Face

Contributions to Pilots n Paws in the United States are tax-exempt to the extent provided by law. You can also mail your contribution to :

Pilots N Paws, 4651 Howe Road, Landrum, S.C. 29356

Link:

http://pilotsnpaws.org/donate/


26 posted on 05/12/2012 4:45:33 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: Kimmers

God bless you, Kimmers.


27 posted on 05/13/2012 9:35:48 AM PDT by Salamander (If I'm too rough, tell me.....I'm so scared your little head will come off in my hands.)
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To: Salamander

God does bless me, but you brought tears to my eyes....I am very touched....


28 posted on 05/13/2012 10:58:28 AM PDT by Kimmers (Fair isn't everybody getting the same thing, fair is getting what you need to be successful)
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To: Salamander

God does bless me, but you brought tears to my eyes....I am very touched....


29 posted on 05/13/2012 10:59:11 AM PDT by Kimmers (Fair isn't everybody getting the same thing, fair is getting what you need to be successful)
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