VOLUNTEER PILOT RESCUES HIS 1000TH DOG - ”Jeff Bennett flew his four-seat plane from the mangrove-dotted Florida Keys, past some angry thunder clouds to the fertile hills of Greenville, Ala. His mission: to save 23 dogs destined for death row.”
Jeff Bennett is a pilot who donates his time and airplane to transport dogs from high-kill shelters to other areas of the U.S. He volunteers through an organization called Pilots N Paws. After three years of flying dogs to new homes, he recently transported his 1000th dog. Here’s more from pilotsnpaws.org (via Associated Press):
Bennett, a 53-year-old retired businessman, donates his time, fuel and plane to Pilots N Paws, a South Carolina-based charity that enlists small plane pilots to transport animals from overcrowded shelters that have high euthanasia rates to foster homes, rescue groups and less-crowded shelters that don’t kill the animals.
Bennett’s been airlifting animals for more than 3 years. Bennett is a dog lover; he has four of his own, including one that he adopted after a flight.
He’s carried mostly dogs, some cats, the occasional snake and once, a potbellied pig – earning his small Cirrus aircraft the nickname “All Species Airways” around the Pilots N Paws community.
But this month was special. On the Greenville trip, Bennett picked up his 1,000th animal.
Much respect to Bennett who has literally flown thousands of miles to give dogs a second chance at life. Click here for more from the official Pilots N Paws website.