Todd & Mary Brooks’ 31st Pilots N Paws Rescue
May 1st, 2014 Todd started our 31st Pilots N Paws Rescue at (3M5) Moontown Airport in Huntsville, Alabama, our home base. I was not able to make this rescue but our neighbor Frank Wallace went with Todd. Weather was not very good; there were a lot of rain showers and storms all the way to Florida. So this was a rescue that meant trying to stay ahead of weather. Todd and Frank headed to Jasper in Walker County Alabama where they met Tracy Raburn.
Tracy had a fluffy mom and her 4 babies about 4 to 5 weeks old. Puppies weighed about 2 to 5 pounds each. Also there was a black/tan mom and her 4 babies. These puppies were 7 to 8 weeks old and weighed 8 to 10 pounds each. Everyone on board and trying to get out before the storms started up, they flew to Tampa Executive in Florida. Vectoring around storms the whole way to Tampa, with a few bumps and lots of clouds, they made it safely. Frank, Momma dogs and puppies were unloaded.
The rescue received all passengers except a beagle mix mom and her 3 puppies, who were remaining onboard to the final destination—Titusville, Florida. These passengers and Todd headed out to Titusville. He was staying ahead of really bad thunder storms the whole way. Once landed in Titusville I met him and we unloaded the puppies and mama. Mama was very nervous and thirsty; she did not like the bad weather either. We waited for the rescue to come pick up mom and her puppies.
It is always very emotional for these rescuers to let the dogs go, but they know the animals are headed for a better life.
All rescues are complex rescues, but they end up very successful. We appreciate how hard the volunteers work facilitating constantly changing dogs, destinations, times, pilots, and weather.
Unfortunately many others aren’t as lucky, and as you all know, the only answer to this devastating issue is to spay/neuter/rescue. All of these dogs are really sweet, and they deserve to be curled up on the living room floor at night not tossed out like trash.
Todd & Mary Brooks
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Posted by Kathleen Quinn Charleston Executive Director, Pilots N Paws