("Hours" & "Miles" are round trip; the dogs were aboard roughly half of the time.)
We made good use of the plane, loading it with much needed supplies for some rescues in SC as we headed down from NJ. Our return flight brought 21 dogs, who'd been pulled from kill shelters with little or no time remaining. Upon landing we were met by many volunteers who came out to assist with the unloading and processing of these beautiful pups.
After dropping off fourteen dogs brought from FL in PA, we transported the beagle (he's in one of those crates) picked up in VA back to NJ. Fifteen very sad heart-breaking stories with happy endings. FlyPups was honored to participate in helping these pups find peace and joy in their new lives.
Fourteen dogs were loaded up in FL for transport to PA, eight of which will be trained as service dogs to aid veterans suffering from PTSD. Additionally a stop in VA was made to bring the fifteenth dog back to NJ.
NJ-FL, after bringing this sweet pup from OH to NJ just days earlier. Dan (above) & his wife Lori saved this girl who'd been used as a breeder, then dumped at a kill shelter at age 9. They decided she needed to be spoiled in her retirement, and they desired to provide an exceptional life for her in FL. We were able to unite Sallie with her forever folks as we would be bringing a plane load from FL to PA.
Three of these dogs were rescued from a kill shelter in OH, brought to a non-kill shelter in NJ and quickly adopted. The fourth, a Pomeranian, had been used as a breeder, and at age nine, unable to reproduce, she was dumped at the same kill shelter. Fortunately for her, two very loving people in FL desired to spoil her for her remaining years. Since we'd be heading to FL in a few days to pick up a plane full of pups, we were only too happy to help this sweet girl find her retirement home.
We had a request to bring four dogs from OH-NJ. Not wanting to waste a trip we picked up one on the way. A beautiful great dane was brought from a sad situation in MD to a very loving forever home in OH. It was hard to tell who was happier, the pup or her person.
Very seldom will we transport just one dog, as it doesn't make financial sense. We'd had fourteen others (small dogs) lined up for this mission, but due to illness, they had to wait. This Neapolitan Mastiff though could not, so we flew the mission for her. Piper was the largest dog FlyPups has flown weighing in at 130 lbs, that's more than our co-pilot weighs! Piper had been used as a breeder and abused. Giant Hearts Giant Dog Rescue took her and already had applications to adopt her.
Most dogs fall asleep by the time we reach cruise altitude. This trip included nine puppies and two adult dogs, each with a sad story. One of the adult dogs had been put in with an aggressive dog "for the amusement of those at the shelter". Fortunately, all were brought to NJ where they'll find love at their forever homes. Thanks John & Terry for your help on this flight.
This mission was made special by the company of Alissa & her father Keith who came along for the flight to assist with the puppies being transported. FlyPups flew the second of three legs to bring these two beautiful puppies from NC to their forever home Canada. FlyPups wishes Ricky & Emily the very best and thanks Susan for putting this rescue together, Mark for flying the other leg, Molly for helping out, and Jill for ground support. It takes a village.
“Cookie”, a most beautiful and loving young lady, was found as a stray, abandoned after becoming pregnant. She was picked up by the county and left at the pound with a very uncertain future. An advocate, Sarah, brought “Cookie” to her home so she could deliver in a warm loving environment, and worked on finding a non-kill shelter who could help place “Cookie” and her eight “Cookie Crumbs”. FlyPups met them in MD and flew them to their new home at BCAA in NJ.
FlyPups is excited to welcome pilot Josh Zimmer as a new volunteer. Josh, a commercial pilot, demonstrated both his excellent flying skills as well as his dedication to and compassion for our four legged friends on this trip. We flew from NJ to Tappahannock, VA meeting Dave who flew the first leg from Raleigh, NC. We then flew these four beautiful dogs to Animal Sanctuaries back in NJ. We aren’t sure who is happier, the dogs for their new lives, or FlyPups for our new friend & volunteer!
FlyPups flew to VA and met Dave who flew these seven dogs from a kill shelter in NC. Destined to be destroyed due to overcrowding, these beautiful dogs are safe now and ready for adoption from Animal Sanctuaries in southern NJ.
FlyPups was contacted by Lori about six beautiful Shar Pei, Cocker Spaniel, & terrier mixes that were in a neglectful & abusive situation, destined to be destroyed. Lori made arrangements for the pups to get shots, and health certs. Eleventh Hour Rescue was willing to take them, and FlyPups flew down to retrieve the beautiful dogs. The transformation these dogs had from scared & cowering in NC to happy & playful in NJ was unbelievable! Thanks to all who made this possible!
FlyPups "Ground Support" brought this mother and her THIRTEEN, one-week-old puppies from NC to NJ via horse trailer driven by board member Jessica Kiener. Our pilot was grounded with work obligations, and Jess was driving the rig from FL to NJ. She was only too eager to jump in and bring these beautiful dogs home to NJ. The mother, while pregnant, was dumped at a kill shelter and scheduled to be destroyed. All are safe now, and will be ready for adoption soon.
Buck Davidson & Jessica Kiener, both FlyPups Board members were on hand in Ocala, FL to help load three beautiful dogs (two four-month old Shepard’s and a Pomeranian) that were saved from a kill shelter by Vicki Holland. They were flown to NJ where Kelly Gasser from Eleventh Hour Rescue made sure they were well cared for and two have already been adopted. FlyPups wants to thank everyone involved in this rescue including ground transporter and foster in NJ Lisa Albrecht.
A 2yo pregnant Lab/Shepard about to be euthanized was rescued from a kill shelter and gave birth to ELEVEN beautiful pups. Naomi from Moore Lab Rescue called upon FlyPups to pick them up and deliver them to Ruff Rehab in NJ to be cared for and adopted.
'Loki', a seven month old Golden Retriever being trained to help a child with autism needed a ride to his second foster family. We brought the former foster father, Mark, to meet with the next in line for this beautiful dogs training, Melissa. This is a special dog with a special purpose and we were fortunate to play a small part.
Seven beautiful dogs, four lab mixes, and three rat terriers were found trapped inside a plastic garbage can left outside in sub-freezing temperatures. An advocate found the dogs and a non-kill rescue in NJ with room, then FlyPups was called. We transported these beautiful dogs and our volunteer Dana succeeded in finding a forever home for one special pup, Buster. A great day indeed.
Four dogs were saved from one of North Carolina's remaining gas chambers. Three were dropped in Lumberton, NJ and the remaining brought to Pittstown, NJ. All of the dogs traveled well, and were most appreciative. Check out the video of this transport on our media page.
A terrific effort was being made by a NJ rescue, but summer schedules were making this transport difficult. Sixteen legs (cars) in all were planned over two days to get these dogs from TN to NJ. FlyPups offered a hand and took the last SEVEN legs from VA to NJ cutting the travel time for the second day from nine plus hours to just over two. Dogs were happy and we met some great people along the way!
FlyPups "Ground Support"... What should have been ten hours in the air (round-trip) became thirty-seven hours on the road when the plane had to go in for last minute maintenance. With the plane down, and having committed to the transport, we rented a panel van and covered over two thousand miles in forty-four hours (thirty-seven on the road). The dogs had originated in TX, and our leg was from TN to NY. The poor pups spending so much time traveling made me appreciate the plane even more.
These dogs originated in TN, and we flew the last of four legs from NJ to NY. Despite several delays due to one pilot having to use a slower plane than planned, headwinds, and a pilot getting stuck in the mud, the trip was a success and five beautiful dogs will find new loving homes. The dogs were happy, the flight smooth, and the sunset over the snow-covered mountains on our return remarkable. It was a good day.
A terrible story, with a happy ending… “Radar” was found near dead after being used for dog fighting in PA. Several amazing groups came to his rescue. After his physical needs were tended to and about a year to heal had passed, it was time for Radar to get some help with the emotional scars. I was fortunate enough to meet this fine fellow as I transported him from PA to OH where he’ll spend some time with a canine behaviorist, before being placed in his forever home.
Twenty-four Chihuahuas in NC were in a desperate situation after their caretaker (a hoarder) passed away. As not many GA planes can accommodate this quantity of dogs, we jumped at the chance to utilize the capacity of the Saratoga. A rescue was located in NJ, and a great deal of press followed the story. This proved quite beneficial as it enabled many suitable families to learn of these dogs and ultimately adopt them all in a short amount of time.
The four dogs originated in NC, and I’d have the last two (of four) legs. With weather keeping us grounded, we fostered the dog’s overnight, and set out the next day to deliver two to their forever homes (NH), and two more to a non-kill shelter (VT). The excitement in the eyes of the family’s adopting the dogs as they met us at the airport to see the newest additions to their families for the first time was a moment we’ll not soon forget.
Sometimes plans get mucked up. There were to be three pilots, covering three legs from WV-RI. When the first pilot who was to bring the puppies from Wheeling, WV to central PA for us to pick up canceled, we decided to pick up that leg as well. Then upon landing in NJ we learned the pilot coming from RI was stuck in poor weather. We over-nighted these beautiful pups and then met the last leg pilots the next morning and they continued on to the final destination in RI.
I’d quickly realized that to facilitate the rescuing of more dogs, the Cessna Aerobat was lacking in capacity as well as range, and a larger plane would be necessary. This was the first mission in my new plane, a Piper Saratoga. I’d named the dog I adopted from my first mission Piper to keep me focused on upgrading, and it worked. I flew the third of three legs (PA-NY), the dogs having originated in NC. I’d not have been able to fit ELEVEN dogs in the aerobat!
My first mission flying puppies, I was to later learn, was referred to as a ‘rescue gone bad’, as instead of all the puppies ending up at their intended destination, one came home with me. I flew the third of three legs that day, the dogs having originated in SC. After spending the morning in various airplanes, we let the pups stretch their legs. One left her siblings and followed me to the door, and as I picked her up joking about her trying to come home with me, she started licking my face.