As I am typing this (Friday, Feb. 24th) Russell is flying my 2 girls, Sadie and Zorra, from Terrell (Dallas area), TX to Buffalo, WY where their new life with their new forever family waits them. I can never thank Russell and PNP enough for literally saving my girls lives.
Due to chronic asthma, COPD, and medical bills, I could no longer take care of my girls. Rescues in my area were full and even some felt the chances of dogs 10 and 7 years old were slim for finding a forever family. Brokenhearted my daughter took them to our local shelter, we were told by most rescues, dogs in shelters where their first priority. My daughter discovered the shelter was a kill shelter. They were put on an adoptable/non adoptable list, meaning that if the shelter became full my dogs would be among the first to be put to sleep. They posted my dogs on their Facebook, then they ended up on Petfinder.com and that is where Julianne came into the picture.
After 5 days at the shelter, I could no longer take the risk that my dogs could be put down, especially with Julianne waiting to adopt them. I went back and got them out. That's when I discovered how difficult it was to arrange transport when your not associated with a rescue or shelter. I was blessed though and someone answered my post on PNP , even after I was told PNP works only with rescue groups. The first offer of help fell through when no one got back to me. However, I was filled with hope that maybe PNP could help. Some gave me suggestions on how to find pilots in my area and that is how I found Russell!
Russell was ready to go Saturday, February 18th but it wasn't to be, it rained all that day! After that failed attempt we had another great pilot Dave Whitney offered to do all he could to get the girls from Denver up to Buffalo, WY. From what the forecast showed it looked like Friday would be the best day to try to get this done. Russell in the mean time had decided that it would be easier for him to make the trip on his own. Russell is such a giving person, he had just finished getting another dog from Terrell to Joplin, MO on Tuesday!
After 35 agonizing days, I watched as Russell loaded my friends of 7 and 10 year onto his plane. Ziggy and I said our goodbyes, then Russell literally took my girls under his wings and we watched as they flew off on their way to there new home in Wyoming!
So now I know for a fact miracles do happen and angels do exist! Just ask anyone who's been blessed by PNP and Russell Fletcher. Who, by the way will be back up in the skies tomorrow rescuing yet another dog or two! I will never forget my Sadie giving Russell a kiss as he made her comfy in her seat. I would like to think that was Sadie's way of thanking Russell for saving her life. Thank you Russell, we will never forget what you did. Safe journey on all your missions!