Smiles, eighty-eight thousand smiles or thereabouts, that’s why we do what we do. Matthew Kiener, the founder of FlyPups Inc. enjoyed the company of his Beagle and best friend for over twelve years when he reflected on the absolute joy “Squire” brings to his home. He figured Squire made him smile, conservatively, twenty times a day and that worked out to be around eighty-eight thousand smiles so far. The idea that he could bring that much happiness to another, save a dogs life, and get to go flying, well it’d be hard to plan a better day.
He flew numerous volunteer missions, as many as he could, transporting dogs primarily from the southern states where neutering pets is not prevalent but kill shelters are, to non-kill shelters in the north. Dogs and even puppies are euthanized at an alarming rate due simply to over population. Advocates spend their time locating non-kill shelters that have vacancies and putting them in touch with shelters on the verge of euthanizing. Once the two shelters have made contact, it’s a matter of moving the at risk dogs before the shelter is forced to kill them to make room for others. That’s where we come in. Upon learning of such a need, we discuss scheduling, as well as other logistical items, and if able plan a rescue flight.
These flights are nothing short of amazing and filled with wonderment. We’d be hard pressed to say these dogs aren’t completely aware of the fate they’re narrowly escaping and the new life that’s just a short flight away. Without fail, the dogs bestow copious amounts of affection upon the pilot and helper as they board the plane, as if to say thanks for the lift and the hope we’ve provided.
Regrettably the gratitude of the dogs, shelters, and advocates is not enough to keep us flying and many missions are unable to be completed due to the rising cost of fuel. In an effort to facilitate more flights, save the lives of more dogs, and bring thousands of smiles to the people who adopt them, FlyPups Inc. was formed.
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