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‘Angel in sky’ uses own plane to save dogs on death row

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Posted: Apr 04, 2014 7:12 AM EDT Updated: Apr 04, 2014 7:12 AM EDT

By: Jennifer Epstein, FOX 13 Traffic – bio

TAMPA (FOX 13) –

Jeff Bennett, a volunteer with Pilots and Paws, combines his love of flying with his love for dogs – rescuing animals all across the country.

It’s a plane full of puppies all being saved from death row.

“I enjoy it,” Bennett told FOX 13. “You get to have cute little faces in the plane. I get to play with them while I’m flying.”

Those cute little faces come from over-populated shelters that are forced to euthanize animals. Jeff flies all across the U.S., picking up the pups and taking them to shelters throughout South Florida.

Sherry Silk of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay believes said this about him:  “They’re angels in the sky saving little guys.”

Jeff has rescued close to 2,300 dogs since 2008, and he doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. He volunteers his time and his plane, paying for his own gas and repairs from the wear and tear of travel. And he does it without asking for anything in return.

“He’s the real deal. He’s not doing it for notoriety. He’s doing it because when he sees these puppies and sees them here, and we do follow ups with him and tell him that they get adopted, that’s all the recognition that he needs” Silk said.

Jeff and his wife’s love of dogs extend to his home, too. They have four of their own rescued dogs. But for the Bennett family, it’s more like a love of all animals.

“I’ve done potbelly pigs, kinkajou, snakes, lizards, hamsters, guinea pigs,” he said.

The animals go to shelters like the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, where they stay until they find a forever home.

“These guys you want to take home,” Jeff said. “It’s hard not to take them home. There’s one on almost every trip that I’d like to take.”


Subaru and Petmate are proud sponsors of Pilots N Paws.


Posted by Kathleen Quinn Charleston Executive Director, Pilots N Paws

8 thoughts on “‘Angel in sky’ uses own plane to save dogs on death row”

  1. Kathy says:

    It’s so nice to see someone with the time and resources putting them to good use, such a selfless person! Keep up the great work!

  2. Valeri says:

    Jeff does this purely for the love of animals. Nothing more. We’re blessed to know him and his wife Heather. I’ve had the honor of joining him on one of his transports when we adopted our girl. He gave each of the 11 puppies the same love and attention. Each somehow knew he was their savior.

  3. Joyce Dudzinski says:

    Thanks for all you do. Stay safe in the air.

  4. Joy says:

    Jeff is truly a hero. He works tirelessly and does so much good for so many critters. There’s a special place in heaven for this guy…

  5. Carol Brooks says:

    Thank you for all your efforts to enable homeless pets have a second chance with loving homes. God Bless you.

  6. Sara-Jane Howell says:

    It is so great to see your picture and more info on the work that you do without compensation. With the posting of every dog needing a home I list the information on how you may be contacted as it is amazing how many people do not realize that they can rescue or adopt a dog even if they do not live in the same area of the country. Thank you for all of your work to save lives and the thousands that you have rescued.

  7. Mary Ann Foster says:

    Thank you for using your life in such a meaningful, compassionate way.

  8. Lorraine Schoch says:

    God Bless you for all that you do,if it was not for you,they would be dead.I always go to the shelter’s for dog’s.Tomorrow my one little dog is going to one to pick one up. Hazleton,Penna., to see which one she will rescue.Her other buddy died & now she is lonely,she don’t want to eat,she get’s to pick out her self.


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