October, 11, 2012
Gates, NC to Forked River, NJ
February 18, 2013
Philadelphia, PA to Cleveland, OH
More often than not our work is flying dogs from a kill shelter (through a foster) to a non-kill shelter. Seldom are we fortunate enough to meet the kind loving folks who'll give these dogs a forever home, though it's quite a special moment when that happens. Children jumping up-and-down as they see their new best friend for the first time, and adults with tears in their eyes as they realize the fate these dogs narrowly escaped, and the knowledge of how happy they'll be in their new home make for a memorable day.
Letters of thanks...
I met Matt when he flew a special pup, named Radar, for us. Radar was a former fighting dog that desperately needed a chance at life. This 'mission' was one that required many people to come together for the greater good of this dog and for those people to really believe in what they were doing.
Many could have turned away, perhaps feeling that Radar wasn't 'worthy' of this. Being an advocate for the bully breed, we run into this every day, where people pre-judge before even knowing. Thankfully, Matt Kiener was not one of them. Matt quickly offered his time and his plane for this journey. When our crew from Letters For Lucy met Matt, it was as if we were old friends. He is a warm, caring and a genuine person, who is very passionate about what he does. We couldn't thank him enough for stepping up to do this, but all the while, he kept thanking us all for saving Radar, very humble about what he does.
Many were cautious around Radar, not feeling comfortable being close to him because of his past. Matt, again, was not one of those people. When Radar met him, he too, seemed to think they were friends for a long time. Radar went right up to Matt and kissed him, as if to say 'Thank you for giving me another chance. Thank you for not judging me.' The picture of Matt and Radar is priceless and speaks a thousand words. They say dogs are a good judge of character and Radar showed us all that day that Matt is sincere and the real deal. He loves what he does and we are so very excited and hopeful that he will be able to do more of these missions, saving more lives and giving those that are so deserving of it, a second chance.
Kristen Lien Torchia - Reading, PA
Pilot Matthew Kiener flew his plane from NJ to NC to pick up 24 dogs and bring them to Popcorn Park Zoo in NJ. The dogs were removed from a hoarder and scheduled to be destroyed before being rescued.
Matt volunteered his time and plane to bring these dogs to a safe haven. As a result, I was able to adopt Joey, a 4-year-old Pomeranian, and Chihuahua mix from Popcorn Park in Forked River, NJ.
Joey is adapting well and gets along well with my cats. While he is still timid of new people and dogs, he’s improved greatly in the short time I’ve had him. Joey has enjoyed his trips to the shore, running in the sand, and was unafraid of the waves. He is a remarkable pup, and I’m truly grateful to both Matthew Kiener & Popcorn Park Zoo.
Vicki Tindall – Toms River, NJ
Hi, Matthew -
We're so grateful for your help in bringing Gracie to us!
Valerie Gasco, Jeff Lavin, and Siera Lavin (and Gracie!) - Claremont, NH
We are so grateful for your help in bringing Bella to us! We’d just come back from a three-day canoe/camping trip in the Adirondack lakes region. We were all completely exhausted but extremely happy to receive Bella.
Like a proud mom, I’m sharing this recent photograph to show how much Bella’s grown. We are forever grateful to you.
Nancy, Jon, & Gabe - Montpelier, VT
August 25, 2012
Pittstown, NJ to Claremont, NH
August 25, 2012
Pittstown, NJ to Montpelier, VT
October 11, 2012
Gates, NC to Forked River, NJ
24 Chihuahuas were flown to Popcorn Park from a hoarding situation in Gates NC. They arrived today courtesy of Pilots for Paws. Carla Johnson of Chihuahua Rescue & Transport, Inc. became aware of the Chihuahuas in need and began making calls. One of the calls came into Associated Humane Societies Popcorn Park and arrangements started to fall into place for saving them.
The plans really came together when Pilot Matthew Kiener offered his services. They all arrived today at Robert Miller Air Park around 3 pm. Matthew volunteers his time, plane and gas to fly rescued dogs all over the country in the hopes of finding 4-ever homes for them. Thank you Matthew for all that you do!
Renee Szorosy - Berkeley, NJ
November 20, 2013
Rocky Mount, NC to Lumberton, NJ
FlyPups graciously brought Pepper to me on November 20, 2013.
I foster dogs with the Burlington County Animal Alliance, and I was asked to pick up Pepper after a flight with FlyPups from his temporary home at a shelter in North Carolina to me in New Jersey. He’d been scheduled to be euthanized the day BCAA agreed to take him while we looked for a permanent home. I didn’t know much about him at the time, or his story, but I do know that without this flight to me, Pepper wouldn't have had achance.
My family and I immediately fell in love with him, and decided that we wanted to adopt Pepper ourselves. I am forever grateful to FlyPups and Matthew Kiener for donating countless hours to this wonderful cause! Keep up the great work!
Sara Shea – Burlington, NJ
April 17, 2014
Lenoir, NC to Randolph, NJ
We just adopted a dog from Eleventh Hour Rescue who was saved by FlyPups. Just wanted to let you know that “Joan of Arc”, one of the puppies flown to NJ on 4-17-14 who had never seen daylight prior, is in her forever home.
She now has two acres of open land, and big brother who is an English Lab, two parents who love her, and a 4-year-old girl who “Joan of Arc” may love more than any of us! She is an absolute angel! Thank you so much for what you do, I wanted you to know she will live happily ever after now.
Raquel Petrucelli - Sparta, NJ