Dogs rescued from tornado-ravaged Midwest arrive in North Jersey
The airlift was organized by Pet ResQ Inc., of Tenafly, working with Pilots N Paws, a network of more than 11,000 pilots and animal rescuers throughout the country. The dogs — three poodles, a bichon, a spaniel-mix, a Cavalier King Charles, a shih Tzu and a long-haired Chihuahua — had been taken from shelters in parts of Ohio and Kentucky where tornadoes caused extensive damage last week.
The dogs faced euthanasia to make room for other animals that were displaced when their homes were damaged or destroyed, said Robyn Urman, president of Pet ResQ. Most of the dogs airlifted Wednesday had been surrendered by their owners, she said.
“Each dog you rescue, you save two,” Urman said. “Every cage you open makes room for another dog.”
The journey hit a snag on Wednesday afternoon when Jack Merritt, a Pilots-N-Paws volunteer, encountered engine trouble as he prepared to take off for New Jersey from Harrisburg, Pa.
“He was loaded up and ready to go,” said Ron Henderson, another Pilots N Paws volunteer who had flown the dogs to Harrisburg from Gallipolis, Ohio, earlier in the day. “During his pre-flight take-off check, he didn’t like the sound of the engine.”
Henderson loaded the dogs into his plane and finished the last leg of the trip to New Jersey.
Side Note from Pilots N Paws: A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU to pilot Ron Henderson for doing this entire flight from KY to NJ. When PNP pilots make a commitment they do their best to fufill it! Also thank you to Jack Merritt, Jerry Sica and other PNP Pilots who offered to assist Ron when Jack’s plane had mechanical issues.
From CBS 2 New York, reporter Hazel Sanchez:
FAIRFIELD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A group of victims of the recent Midwest and Southern tornadoes have arrived in Fairfield. Matted and scared, the orphaned dogs were flown in from shelters in Kentucky.
The shelters in the Midwest were beyond capacity after taking in animals that had lost their families and homes in the storm.
Because there was no room, the dogs were scheduled to be euthanized, until volunteers from Pet ResQ stepped in and saved them.
“How do you say no? And how do you not feel good? He’s not dead,” said Robyn Urman, one of the volunteers from Pet ResQ who gave this group of animals a second chance at life.
Now many of the animals are on their way to loving foster homes.