Tulah Makes Tracks from FL to CT
When Echo Dogs White Shepherd Rescue Transport Coordinator Amy Lusty was trying to send Tulah from her boarding in St Petersburg, FL to her foster home in Naugatuck, CT she started with a ground transportation plan. Tulah is a gentle 6-yr old female white german shepherd, recently rescued, and was quite underweight so time was the essence. Amy had already secured many of the multiple legs needed for the trip but was still looking for some volunteers to fill some legs between Georgia and Delaware, so she turned to PilotsNPaws.
After posting her request on the forum, some pilots stepped up to the challenge to help Tulah so Amy was able to complete her run sheet, leveraging an amazing chain of volunteers willing to assist.
Tulah first left St. Petersburg by car on a Friday afternoon with Suzanne, who drove her to Joan for an overnight stay. From there, early on Saturday morning, Joan drove her to Winter Haven, FL to meet Rick who took her to the Deland, FL airport. There, Pilot Joel and Michele took her for a Bonzanza ride to the Savannah, GA airport. Pilot Rob and his son Lukas flew her in their Mooney to Lancaster, SC where they met with Pilot Christophe and his wife Larysa at the airport. They took Tulah to Rocky Mount in their Cardinal so she could spend the night with Bart.
Unfortunately, the winter weather decided to bring low ceilings and poor visibility over the Mid-Atlantic region, so the Sunday flight scheduled to pick her up in NC was cancelled. Nevertheless, Bart actually drove her to Pilot Frank in the Richmond area instead. Frank agreed to foster her until the weather cleared up so the following Friday, he flew her in his Cessna to Allentown, PA where Cheryl took her for an overnight. Ed drove her the next morning to Morristown, NJ to connect with Kathy who then drove her to Stamford, CT so Susan can finally bring her home in Naugatuck, CT.
From Florida to Connecticut, from Suzanne to Susan, so many people volunteered and stepped up to ensure she had a smooth trip to her foster home and another chance to find a loving family. Thank you to everyone involved: drivers, overnight fosters, pilots, and ground coordinators like Amy who make these long-distance rescues possible across multiple states.