Volunteer Pilots Rescue Dogs in Danger

My recent story on Pilots N’ Paws is now online as of Friday! I shot this on a Canon 60D and cut it in Final Cut Pro 7. See it on

Aug. 17, 2012
At Potomac Airfield near Washington, D.C., you would expect to see pilots transporting politicians, spin-doctors and other bureaucrats to and from the nation’s capital, but on a sunny day in July, Mike Young prepped his aircraft for a different type of mission. He, along with two canine-handlers, were preparing to pick up two foster dogs from North Carolina to bring them to their “forever” homes in Blue Bell, Pa.

“This is a voluntary effort,” said Young, a longtime pilot with the volunteer organization “Pilots N’ Paws” that works with rescue groups across the country to bring adopted animals to their new homes. “We don’t charge anything for it. We do it because we like to fly and we want to save dogs.”

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Airborne Dogs

Recently I had the chance to accompany private pilot Mike Young from Virginia on a Pilots N’ Paws mission. Pilots N’ Paws is an organization based in Landrum, SC whose members volunteer to fly dogs from shelters to their final adopters. These trips are more comfortable for the dogs compared to ground transportation, and often […]
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