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Koda Flies to Double J Dog Ranch

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Koda, a deaf and blind 3 month old Australian Shepherd, arrived at the Rogue Valley Humane Society on 5/17. He was brought in by a young man who became alarmed when a friend who owned the puppy said that he was going to leave him in the forest because he couldn’t take care of him.


This good samaritan took the puppy home, but his parents realized that Koda needed more care than they could give him so they brought him into RVHS where he received his wellness check, vaccinations, flea treatment, worming and neutering. Not many people know how to deal with deaf and blind dogs. In March we had a blind stray black lab, Frankie, whose owners, even after being contacted, didn’t want him back. We were so fortunate to hear from Cristene and Duane Justus of the Double J Dog Ranch in Post Falls, Idaho. They have a beautiful sanctuary for deaf and blind dogs and they wanted Frankie!


They knew about Pilots N Paws and set up the details for flying Frankie out to Idaho. So when Koda arrived, naturally we thought of them and to our delight, Koda was wanted, and again, Pilots N Paws stepped in to fly him to his new home. On Sunday, June 2nd, staff, volunteers and board members waited at the airport for Koda’s ride. We played with Koda, took pictures and felt happy that he would now have the best care possible. When pilot Pat landed he immediately went to Koda and cuddled him, letting him know that he had a new friend. After more photos, Koda was placed in his carrier with his toys on the little plane and then they were off the ground and on their way.


Thank you, Pilots N Paws for caring so deeply about animals in need. You have a very fine organization of committed people helping with critical transportation that would not otherwise happen for the most forsaken animals in our care.

Mary Jane
Rogue Valley Humane Society Board Member

11 thoughts on “Koda Flies to Double J Dog Ranch”

  1. carol says:

    So happy someone has the little one. What a blessing to the one that helped him. Very pretty dog. He has a heart and lots of love to give no matter what problems he has. God Bless all of you who help the animals.

  2. Margie says:

    THANK YOU Pilots and Paws for giving Koda a chance!! Thank god for people willing to go out of their way to make things happen. GOD BLESS you ALL!

  3. Karen says:

    Thank you to everyone involved in saving this sweet pup!

  4. Rona from Alabama says:

    Blessings to all who save this beautiful puppy!!!!

  5. Christy M. Witschie says:

    Pilots N Paws to the rescue again. I must say after reading posts of abuse, neglect, starvation, rape, skinning alive dogs and cats in China for their fur, this post makes me think that yes..there are people who work hard and with such compassion to better the lives of animals they can help to go on to better lives. Thank you Pilot N Paws for all that you do

  6. Dennis Brummitt says:

    Thank you all for the work you do for special animals.

  7. Suzy says:

    THANK YOU for saving this pup! Now the big question is WHO is the irresponsible breeder and get THEM to stop breeding their dogs! Australian Shepherds that are born deaf and blind occur due to breeding a female blue or red merle with a male who also has blue or red merle coloring. 25% of the litter is GUARANTEED to be born deaf and blind. A responsible breeder would NOT breed a merle with a merle to avoid bringing these animals into the world who either end up being euthanized shortly after birth or are given to people who truly have no clue how to raise a deaf and blind puppy and end up having them euthanized eventually. Its not fair to these innocent pups because of people who breed for money and ONLY money and KNOW that there are so many homeless dogs out there already. Please try to back track and find out who these irresponsible breeders are and stop them!

  8. Brian says:

    There is no responsible party that’s the problem. I would like to take a rubber hose and beat the… never mind

    Brian & Wendy who flew Kodas 3rd leg to Double J what a sweet heart so happy we could help!

  9. Donnmaria says:

    Thank you to Pilots ‘n’ Paws and the folks at the ranch for all you do to rescue dogs from being euthanized.
    May God bless you and keep you safe in this wonderful endeavor.

  10. Diane says:

    Thanks so much for helping these animals. You have huge, loving hearts and the ability to make a difference. R.V.H.S. did good the day they found you and so did their charges. Thanks Brain and Wendy and all who fly with the angels to help our special “kids” to become whole again. Thanks also to Double J Dog Ranch..

  11. Theresa says:

    I wanted to let everyone know that Koda is doing great!! And a very special note….he is NOT BLIND !!!!! I get the chance to see him when he visits my office. Growing big and thriving at the Double J Dog Ranch. Thanks to all that helped bring him to North Idaho!!

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