Pilots N Paws to take off from Florence

The Post and Courier

Sunday, September 4, 2011

On Sept. 17, Pilots N Paws will relocate at least 200 animals from South Carolina to their new forever homes in Washington, D.C.; Florida; New Jersey; and Georgia. The effort is being sponsored by Petmate. Pilots N Paws brings together planes, pilots and shelters to rescue and transport dogs and other animals from overcrowded shelters.

“Safe transportation is a life-and-death matter for all pets,” says Petmate CEO Joe Messner, “and even more so for these rescued animals, whose lives truly depend on this transportation. We feel a responsibility to help animals in need and want to make this most important journey safe and comfortable.”

This year’s awareness event will bring together 45 pilots and their planes in an effort to save at least 200 dogs from seven counties throughout South Carolina. Petmate will donate all of the kennels, collars, leashes and seat belts that the pilots need to ensure safe transport of the animals.

The rescue flights will start at 6:30 a.m. at the Florence Regional Airport. In the event of inclement weather, the flights will be postponed until Sept. 18.

For information about the Pilots N Paws Memorial Rescue Flights, visit www.pilotsnpaws.org.

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