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Pilots N Paws

MaryBeth and Doug Tag Team

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John Boy from Pender County Animal Control and Jarius and Mammie with her 5 puppies from Bladen County Animal Control headed out to the Elizabethtown regional airport to meet Virginia┬ápilot Mary Beth Wicker. All the pups were ready for their freedom flights; a (BIG) thanks to Cindy & Art Plante of Half-Way Home Canine Rescue Inc and Silvia Kim, Bladen Co volunteer. John Boy from Pender Co Animal Shelter served as canine co-pilot and did a wonderful job, we’re told.

John Boy

MaryBeth met NY pilot Doug in Virginia for the puppy swap. Both MaryBeth and Doug made sure that all pups enjoyed a nice, comfy ride on both flights. Doug delivered Mammie and her puppies and Jarius to a NJ rescue and then delivered John Boy to the Eleventh Hour Rescue. Both rescues were anxiously awaiting their arrivals, and they were all given a celebrity greeting! Thank you Eleventh Hour and Christin for saving these precious lives!!

Mary Beth and 1 of 5 puppies.

I’ve been volunteering in Animal Rescue and Pilots N Paws for a little over a year now. Each flight mission is a blessing and with each one that I participate in, I’m overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of the pilots. Everyone has busy work schedules and family lives and for them to volunteer their time, their utmost attention, and at their expense is always so heartwarming to me. How can we ever thank them!

Jarius trots to the plane.

Pilots N Paws is a vital component to Animal Rescue. As a volunteer for a southeastern rural kill shelter, it’s wonderful to find a rescue to take pets that are literally out of time. Getting them to this rescue is a new challenge. Time is always critical. With Pilots N Paws, this challenge is met. Not only are the pilots saving the life of the pet(s) going to the rescue, but their kindness and contribution is “buying time” for another pet in the animal control facility because of the space that opened up. Often times, the pilots are saving more lives than just the ones that they’re transporting. I hope that all pilots realize this!

Adjusting the copilot's seatbelt.

To MaryBeth and Doug, thank you so very much for your help. Please know how important you are. You are truly making a wonderful difference in this world.

Take care,
Leslie Eyster
Pender Co Animal Shelter Volunteer, Burgaw NC

Pilots N Paws is grateful to Subaru and Petmate for their support!