Full load of TN Labs fly to Florida
Jim Carney ferried a full compliment of labs to Florida…
I would like to dedicate this flight to the memory of Yellow Labrador Angel. Her rescue is in the book, Dog is my Copilot by Patrick Regan. In the NC shelter she was known as K38 and was within a few minutes of being put down when Mala Brady of FT Collins, CO saved her life. Mala was able to join Pilots N Paws and post Angel’s transport request. The following pilots volunteered to fly her to Mala in Colorad. Keith Decker, Jim Carney, Jim Bordoni, and Mitchell Stafford. Mala went on to be very good at helping rescues organize dog transports.
Angel crossed the Rainbow Bridge yesterday [April 1] while she was being held by Mala and family. I will never forget my flight for K38!! Thank you Mala for adopting K38 and giving her several great happy years. My heart is full of sorrow and sympathy for your loss.
Dedication fligt on March 31, 2014 for Black Lab Passengers
1 – Jet
Jet was found as a stray somewhere in Tipton County, TN near Covington. He was found in the Tipton County shelter, and his information was passed on to me which I passed on to Kelly Smith of the Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida (LLR of FL) who agreed to take him. I didn’t want him to stay in the Tipton Shelter with little or no vetting. Nina Wingfield director of the Collierville, TN shelter offered to help Jet by having me pull him from the shelter and bring Jet to her shelter where he would get vetted and free “room and board” until I could fly him to Florida.
2 – Jack
Jack was an owner surrender from McMinnville, TN. It took a lot of persuading the owner that LRR of FL was their best option.
3 – Diane
Diane was also an owner surrender from the same family. She is also Jack’s Sister!!
Covington, TN to Cookeville, TN
I picked Jet up from Nina at the Collierville shelter, and we flew to Cookeville where we would meet Donna York with Jack and Diane.
Cookeville, TN to Jacksonville, FL. After meeting Donna, we walked all three Labs and put them in my plane. Jet had his own first class area in the back baggage area. Jack and Diane rode in the back seat. We took off for Jacksonville, FL Herlong Airport. The flight time was 2 hours and 25 minutes. Kelly Smith, with her daughters Jessica and Sarah, met us at Herlong. She was assisted by two LRR of FL Volunteers, Cindy and Leslie.
Stephanie Smith who helped negotiate Jack and Dianes surrender to LRR of FL. She also found Jet on Facebook and sent his information to Kelly Smith and myself.
Nina Wingfield, director of the Collierville Animal Shelter, TN.
Donna York of Cookeville, TN. Donna works very closely with numerous rescues.
Kelly Smith and volunteers of Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida.
By all of us working together, the lives of three Labradors were saved.
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