What do 35 dogs have in common? Pilots and rescues who care!
Last weekend Pilots N Paws held an awareness event at the New Smyrna Beach Florida Balloon and Skyfest. What an event it was!
From 27 puppymill survivors flown in from TN by two pilots, 4 dobermans flying down from the Carolinas and Georgia, and 4 other pups transported from rescues to new adoptive homes within Florida it was an extremely successful Saturday!
The “ heros of the day” title goes to pilot Keith Decker and his wife Susie for flying 11 of these dogs under very tenuous circumstances. They encountered electrical problems with their plane in route from TN to FL. Keith is a retired airlines captain, Susie a retired flight attendent, so the 11 very frightened puppymill dogs were in great hands. We were all thankful when they landed. Their stay in New Smyrna Beach was extended due to plane repairs but at least they were at the beach!
Pilot Jim Carney, better known as “Uncle Jim” had the remainder of the puppymill dogs on his aircraft which had no additional space left for one more crate! Thank you Jim for tackling this very long flight and giving these pups the ride they so desperately needed.
Pilot Rhonda Miles had one crate filled with a doberkid and three tethered dobies in her Skywagon. Two were from the Carolinas and two were from Georgia. Rhonda claims they were all loves, thank you Rhonda!
As always, without rescue volunteers these animals would never get their second chance. High fives to Mimi Vitale and Jules Barnes with Adopt a Kitty and Animals in Need, USA and her foster rescue homes for arranging the puppymill transport. Denise John with Ch Crested, Hairless & Small Dog Rescue FL also took in several of these pups as did Brat Pack Rescue, Dan Riley, Karla Roarty and five Jr. foster rescue helpers. AKC Florida Pomeranian Rescue , Mary Mullen and Nina with Poodles and Pooches were on board as well.
Doberman Assistance Network, Vicki Brady and Debra McMahon saw to it that Gary Velduis of Dobermann Rescue of Lake Placid was able to receive his 4 beautiful doberkids who were all pulled from kill shelters. Thank you Gary for opening your doors.
Pilot Jeff Bennett delivered the boxer, the beagle and the two Dalmations to their new approved adoptive homes.
All in all a great day and a fabulous weekend! More news to come from the event, stay tuned!