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Pilots volunteer time to fly rescue animals

Posted Sep 15 2009 10:05pm

Pilots N Paws is a non-profit group of private pilots that flies pets from overwhelmed shelters to shelters where they have a better chance of being adopted. According to an Associated Press article:

This week, Pilots N Paws is seeking to transport 5,000 animals to safety in a flurry of flights designed to raise awareness of the charity and draw attention to the importance of spaying and neutering.

Jeff Bennett has volunteered his time and flying skills to Pilots N Paws for about a year. Since then he has flown 124 needy animals, including a pot-bellied pig. One question many people have is how the pets react to flying. Bennett says:

"They're a little anxious to start, but once you fire up the engine and start taxiing, a lot of times they settle down. Most of them go to sleep during the flight, and when you start descending it's almost like they know what's going on and they start waking up and making a little bit of noise."

To find out more about Pilots N Paws and to see how you can help, please visit their website.

Image source: Lance Romance

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