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Pilot Jeff Bennett’s Strong Start To Saving Rescues In 2014

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1555439_10201341280883066_1079875388_nHi All,

As most of you know, I mainly move dogs and cats that are in danger of being euthanized at kill shelters in the southeast and get them to rescue groups wherever they may be.

And while yesterdays transport was no different in that regard, it also involved a medical transport, a long distance adoption, and the reuniting of one dog and one cat with their original owners after they had found themselves hundreds of miles from home.

The English Bulldog from Miami had knee surgery on one leg and was going to Gainesville, FL to his foster/adoptive home.

The 13 year old Yorkie was stolen from a families front yard in Tampa, FL around Thanksgiving and ended up in a kill shelter in Auburn, AL. Thanks to her microchip her owner in Tampa was contacted and we were able to reunite the pair through a ground/air transport.

“Buster” was adopted from Tyler, Tx just prior to being put down and thanks to three other PNP pilots (Wade Roberts, Mark Molina and Sean Fitzgerald) they were able to get him to Alabama where I had set up a foster until my flight. His adopter is in Fort Myers, Florida.

Sam the Cat was being transported from Colorado to Key West and got away from the transporter at a Hot Springs, Arkansas camp area about two months ago. The camp host was notified and Sam was finally located living with a family of Raccoons in a culvert. Ground transport moved Sam to Birmingham, AL where he was fostered for this trip.

The rest of the transport pups were sent to rescue groups in the Tampa area. (Suncoast, Kelly Curtis and Lori Spaulding).

The last two photos are of the Yorkie and Sam the cat back where they belong.

Jeff Bennett
Cirrus SR22-GTS
N630LD (Lucky Dog)

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95 thoughts on “Pilot Jeff Bennett’s Strong Start To Saving Rescues In 2014”

  1. linda aponte says:

    Thank you for all you do for the animals.

  2. Deborah Strange says:

    thank you for what you do!

  3. Karen McCoy says:

    You are a man with a heart of gold. May you be blessed beyond measure.

  4. Barb says:

    You are the best!!!!! Thank you for what you do!

  5. Marilyn Andreano says:

    Dear Pilot Jeff,
    May god bless & keep you safe to continue your guardian angel work to save and reunite all these very special and loving animals that you are giving another chance to be loved and live a happy life. Thank you for your dedication and hard work to make a difference. I hope when I retire I can volunteer in an animal rescue organization and help make a difference too. Thank you for all you do!

  6. Karen Candee says:

    Thank you so much for helping all these very lucky animals! So glad the cat was found too!

  7. Candie White says:

    You and all the pilots give hope to humanity. My father was a pilot in WWII. He continued flying as a volunteer until 5 years before he passed at age 79. So I have so much respect for pilots. To dedicate your time to saving animals. Dogs especially and cats is a gift yo us. People who love animals and often feel hopeless to help. You all are hope. God bless you

  8. Charles Reinhorn says:

    Your story and the many others I read about PNP inspire all of us No Kill advocates around Memphis. Do you come our way? We can raise a lot of PNP money down here – as you know Memphis is a very high kill city. But forces are at work to change this (new ordinances). We would love to have a Hinesville flyaway, but we don’t know where to begin. ZI am leading No Kill campaign in Olive Branch MS outside Memphis. How can I learn more? I know we can raise good money if we get a few flights and some PR going. Thanks for this great kindness, Chuck Reinhorn 662-890-9552

  9. Tricia Bryant says:

    You are a true selfless hero to all who love animals Jeff– love your pics of your passengers:):)

  10. Kate says:

    Blessings to all of you who save lives with your compassion and humanity!

    It makes me very proud to be part of the aviation community.

  11. Pam Farrell says:

    Jeff, bless you! You truly are a hero; an Earthly angel. Thank you for all you, PNP and all the others do to make these miracles happen. Safe flying!

  12. Kathy says:

    All heartwarming stories, thank you so much for all that you do!

  13. Carri Rosenow says:

    God Bless you for what you are doing. You are a angel for what you do for our pets and us.

  14. Monica Kelly Wright says:

    You are a hero!

  15. Jeff, you are such a blessing from above. I’m happy that you are saving lives. I just think of all the wonderful memories families will have when they get their forever pet or are reunited with them. Thanks Jeff!

  16. linda says:

    thank you for all you do. You make such a difference in their lives. May your life be filled with many blessings.

  17. Sandra Charbonneau says:

    You Rock!! Thank you Jeff.

  18. Anni Sautner says:

    Thank you for all you do PilotsnPaws!! You are an amazing group of people!! Wishing you all safe trips throughout the coming year!! Bless you !!

  19. Rose Watz says:

    Never seen a more beautiful bunch of pups!!! and because of you; they are all back home.

    God Bless

  20. mary turnwald says:

    Thank you Jeff for all you do! Those of us who rescue here on the ground and who have furbabies of our own give you a big cyberhug and thank you. Salute!

  21. Lwee Hardy says:

    Hey! No kissing noses on each other for transporters! LOL Bless you pilot transporters!

  22. Bonnie Hibberd says:

    Thank You for everything you do for the Furkids Jeff!!
    I am not sure but were you the pilot from Florida to Alabama on Thursday the 16th of January?? Our Scrappy, the cockapoo , was transported by PNP from Heart cocker to us and we are so grateful!
    Thank you so much!

  23. Jill Brower says:

    Thank you angels of the sky for helping these babies. You and the other pilots have opened up a new era of long distance adoptions. God bless you all.

  24. sibyl bare says:

    god bless you. thank you so much for what you do to help these animals.

  25. Sonia A. Hake says:

    Good job Jeff. I know the animals you save and the people you reunite with their lost fur babies are really grateful for your caring heart…

  26. Barbara Sanders says:

    You guys ROCK! Thanks for all you do! Arranging the rescue flights can’t be easy.

  27. Margot says:

    What wonderful people at PNP are. This Jeff is obviously a wonderful man too. WE need more men like him!

  28. Terry hansen says:

    Thank you for taking care of animals I wish
    they could all be saved.

  29. C Carroll says:

    Thank you to all you and yours do for these lucky animals that come in contact with your group.

  30. Hey Jeff, I love what you guys do.
    I no longer own my Duchess Twin Engine, but have transported endangered sea turtles for The New England Aquarium in the past.
    Let me know if you need a co-pilot.
    I’ve got my S.E.L., M.E.L., & Single Engine Sea ratings.
    I would also like to offer a Sponsorship for your project.
    Let me Know.

    Michael Callahan
    http://www.StarBARKSCoffee.com, 100% of our profits support Animal Welfare & Worthy Causes for all.

  31. martha lindsey says:

    Thanks doesn’t begin to cover it- what you do to help animals is so needed and appreciated!

  32. Cheryl says:

    You are amazing! Thanks for everything y’all do for these animals!!

  33. Robert Shuler says:

    The Concerted efforts of the PNP Mission carry with it the Joys of Rescue and New Life for each recipient .. one animal at a time. Many thanks to each of you for all the effort expended to make these stories the success they become.
    It must be quite a thrill to see each case completed and to experience the Joy of arrival with the new owners.
    Prayers for you, the PNP team and safe passage to all in the Mercy flights.

  34. Patricia Broadhurst says:

    I agree with Mary. PilotsNPaws have carried several of our dogs from North Carolina to rescue groups in Connecticutt to get them the medical attention they need and their forever homes. Thank you Jeff and all the rest of you pilots for making this possible. You’re wonderful.

  35. Dru Winders says:

    Thank for giving so much to help pets and their people.

  36. Marie says:

    The black and white dog in the first picture is Henry, he showed up at our house right before Christmas. We already had 4 dogs and just got two puppies from a rescue kennel, so we were not able to keep him. I am so happy he is getting a good home. You guys are amazing.

  37. Ann Chambers says:

    And the love shines through in these pictures, from both sides. God bless you Jeff Bennett. You truly are an angel.

  38. Pam Wahl says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! You are amazing!

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  40. Bev Allen says:

    Thank you for all your efforts. How inspiring it is to hear of all of your rescues.

  41. Kim says:

    Thank you for all you do to help these sweet furbabies!!

  42. MaryEllen Winski says:

    I love all your photos you are the true meaning
    Of joy and love. I have been searching for you, I knew
    one day you would come.

    God love you.

  43. Thank you for bringing tears of joy this morning. Lawrence of Old Timer Sancruary

  44. Peggy L Morrow says:

    I’m interested in your transport rescue…..I’m trying to adopt a lil chi
    In San Bernardino Animal Shelter….I’m looking for a long distance transport…..hoping you see this and get in touch with me ASAP….this Lil girl will be pts…..please if you or anyone you might know that could help would be so pawsomely appreciated….I’ll be waiting on your response….:-) :-) :-)

  45. Eric Taylor says:

    For those of you reading this you have to know what a great guy he is. I am part of a transport group in Alabama, Alabama Rescue Relay. I have had the pleasure of not only meeting Jeff but also in delivering alot of the abused dogs from kill shelters in Alabama saved by volunteer rescue groups there. We have met in Greenville, Al and Mariana, FL and I can attest to the fun and caos of loading up to 40-45 dogs on hus plane. Talk about a jigsaw puzzle. Without Jeff, many of the dogs ARR has transported to him would be dead. Jeff has personally transported over 2000 dogs and will increase that number this year by taking more of our Alabama dogs. Get this, Jeff is helping to arrange on March 1st a transport from Bainsbridge, Georgia that will involve 13 or more planes and pilots and maybe 200 or more dogs to rescues in Florida. I am a transporter but our volume here in central Alabama, 343 dogs since January 1st, would not be at all possible without Jeff and the other PNP pilots, like Ed Golly, who has flown more than 1000 dogs. Thank you Jeff. I hope to have many more trips to you plane this year.
    Eric Taylor – Alabama Rescue Relay

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