Pilots Use Their Training as Volunteer Animal Rescuers

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There are organizations all over the world dedicated to rescuing animals of different species. That’s the reason why we have shelters, the adoption system and animal control. And though there are plenty of people who are willing or maybe are already donating, the man power is still indeed very much needed.

In 2008, Debi Boies asked a pilot, Jon Wehrenberg, for help to fly a Doberman, which was to be put down, from Florida to South Carolina. Jon eagerly agreed and because of that instance, it became a regular thing. Pilots N Paws was founded and the non-profit organization has relocated more animals in the past 9 years.

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Pilots N Paws, also known as PNP, now have more than 5000 volunteer pilots on their roster. Some pilots may be flying for business and would do a pick up headed to or from their flight destination. Some would fly solely for the purpose of rescuing or relocating animals and and even bring their family along.

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 “For me personally, I love to fly, my kids and I love animals, we always adopt rescue dogs. PNP gives me a rewarding reason to fly rather than just getting a burger.” -Kate Quinn, Pilot and Executive Director of PNP

Aside from the 5000 volunteer pilots, PNP also has a massive 12,000 on-the-ground volunteers across the country who help with the ground paperwork and processes such as adoption, shelter arrangement, airport pick up and drop off, rescue coordination and other transport needs.

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