AVIATORS GIVE PUPPIES A SECOND CHANCE NBC NIGHTLY NEWS with Brian Williams
A very special thank you to NBC News, Brian Williams, Kerry Sanders and Kim Cornett for your generous coverage of our mission! Pilot Jeff Bennett, you are an amazing and caring man, we are extremely proud of you and all of our pilots and volunteers who help animals in need.
Brian Williams for the Making a Difference Segment:
“Finally here tonight, the story of a rescue operation involving brave aviation fliers and real sacrifice, and it has nothing to do with terrorism or war fare or hostile territory. it has everything to do with finding good homes for animals who are not facing any life at all inside a shelter. NBC’s Kerry Sanders has more on the making a difference report.
Kerry Sanders: Today, it is Marianna Florida. Tomorrow, another rural American town. but always, there are dogs. adorable puppies, rescued from so-called kill shelters. With no home and no one locally willing to adopt, these wonderful canines would be put to death were it not for a team of aviators who connect unwanted animals with those who want a dog. The Pilots N Paws organization finds the animals, loads them up, and then it is off, piloting this load of puppies to Lakeland, Florida.
Pilot Jeff Bennett: They just lay down and go to sleeep during the flight.
Kerry Sanders: Just like a baby in the car.
Pilot Jeff Bennett: yes, just like a baby in a car!
Kerry Sanders: Less than two hours in the air, and the dogs are back on the ground. a last-minute flight that Jeff says was the only option.
Volunteer: You’re going to get a home quick.
Pilot Jeff Bennett: All of these dogs would have been put down if we had not taken them out.
Kerry Sanders: and so far you have rescued?
Pilot Jeff Bennett: with today’s transport, over 1900.
Kerry Sanders: with today’s flight the co-pilot, it is a dog, but sometimes, the mission grows.
Pilot Jeff Bennett: I have flown pigs, a falcon, rabbits , snakes, turtles, a kinkachu, lizards, chickens, cats, dogs…..
Kerry Sanders: so you’re all species airways?
Pilot Jeff Bennett: yes, if it fits, I will fly it.
Kerry Sanders: Pilots N Paws say they want to go out of business, the problem is they know tomorrow they will be needed again…….
Volunteer to Jeff: Thank you !
Pilot Jeff: no problem
Kerry Sanders: a happy ending?
Volunteer Jen Willsey: a happy ending and a new beginning. here we go. this is day one of a new life. (Adoption coordinator for A New Beginning Pet Rescue, Inc)
Kerry Sanders: a doggy underground in our nation’s airways,
Kerry Sanders, Lakeland, Florida.
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