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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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  1. Nancy says:

    Thanks NBC – You too make a difference by coveing these kinds of great stories, Pilots N Paws….we need more of these stories on the news!

  2. Blair says:

    I am so spreading this wherever I can. I am also donating what I can every month. Do you have anyone in the Raleigh NC area involved with this program? If so how can I help them?

  3. Glenna Miller says:

    Real life Angels with great big metal wings. Thank you and God Bless:)

  4. Debbie Burns says:

    I think this story was awesome, I had no idea there were people out there doing this to help animals.

  5. Lisa Campbell says:

    Thank You NBC for covering this story, and this WONDERFUL group of people, who go out of their way to help these animals !! I want to “personally” Thank P~N~P pilots…Ryan and Jim for uniting my pittbull Moose(aka FatBoy) and my family !! Without theses amazing people, some of these animals would never enjoy a HAPPY,LOVING home !!! THANK YOU !!!!

  6. Rosio says:

    Thank you NBC for covering this story! You gained a nightly news fan in me!

  7. Angela says:

    Pilots N Paws aviator Jeff Bennett flew my rescue from Florida to me. She is now a Search and Rescue dog! If it wasn’t for Jeff, we would have never been a team.

  8. Sandy Giles says:

    Thank you to NBC and all involved who did this story. I love animals so much and think they are innocent angels! They deserve nothing but the very best in life! It makes me sick that people put animals to sleep and keep prisons full of sick people who may deserve to be “put to sleep”. No animal should ever be put to sleep, just because there is no home for them. We don’t kill kids in foster homes. You get my idea. It infuriates me!!
    But we do need to see so much more positive stories in the new.

  9. Christine Blumberg says:

    thank you NBC for making a difference. Pilots N Paws…..we need more of these stories on the news!!!!! thank you again.

  10. Marilyn Andrews says:

    Thank you so much for running this story. You have done a great public service by highlighting the caring nature of people willing to sacrifice personally for the benefit of animals. I intend to support this worthy organization.

  11. Pilot Volunteer Papertester says:

    Thanks to Jeff for all he does and to NBC for getting this story out. Wouldn’t this make an awsome Animal Planet series?

  12. Cindy says:

    Please make saving dogs and cats from high kill shelters a regular segment. It is positive and uplifting when they are saved, makes for viewers to have hope…and more will be saved. Good news segment. Thank you.

  13. Kris says:

    Thank you NBC for doing this story and there are more stories like this in general aviation. Most of us are not rich uncaring millionaires flying around in jets.

  14. Rita Bennett says:

    Just like the pilots, NBC and Brian Williams are making a difference by giving attention to the problem of animal over population. Thank you NBC .. and thank you to all the PNP pilots.

  15. Peggy says:

    I saw this wonderful story this morning on the Today Show, I believe in angels and everyone involved with this is an angel.

  16. Darcy says:

    Amazing work! I am spreading the news and telling everyone I know! Great job and thank you!

  17. Kathleen says:

    It has been thought that one person can make a difference in someones life but now we know one pilot can make a difference in many soon to be pets lives. Thank you for all of your efforts and may your angel wings continue to soar until all of the animals find their forever homes!

  18. Cindy says:

    God bless you and all the wonderful work you are doing for our “babies”. I plan to donate to this wonderful organization. Kuddos to Brian Williams for showing this story and educating all of us!

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