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Greenville Rescue Animal Airlift: Make a Flight. Save a Life!

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GREENVILLE, SC – Calling all pilots and animal lovers!  On Saturday, September 27, 2014 a special air caravan containing rescued animals will depart from the Greenville Downtown Airport in S.C. as part of the Southeast Aviation Expo. Their Destination?  New homes and non-kill shelters throughout the U.S.  Each year, Pilots N Paws, holds a large rescue flyway event. This event has never taken place in Greenville.  Last year, when it was held in Hinesville, GA., 50 private pilots volunteered to fly more than 400 animals to safety and others joined in with vans for shorter, over land travel.

“Many healthy and adoptable animals are put down each year.  While neutering or spaying animals is the ultimate goal because it helps reduce new births and overpopulation; there are animals that are already here that need to be saved,” stated Pilots N Paws President & Co-founder Debi Boies.  Throughout the year, Pilots N Paws, a 501 c (3) registered charitable organization, connects pilots and animals, in jeopardy of being “put down” due to the high number of animals needing homes being far greater than the number of families looking to adopt a pet.

Unfortunately, many animals aren’t “fixed” so they reproduce,  and the offspring are eventually dropped off at shelters. In other regions of the country fewer animals are available for adoption. Pilots N Paws was formed to help get animals from areas of high animal euthanasia to new homes in other regions.   At least once a year, volunteers come together for a huge transport effort to help raise awareness of the problem and find others willing to step in to help on the ground, through a donation or of course, up in the air!


Pilots N Paws is a 501 c (3) charitable organization that has connected, via an online forum, over 4,200 volunteer general aviation pilots, from every state in the U.S., with people helping animals in need to organize lifesaving flights for over 60,000 animals.  Portions of these flights are also tax deductible. Want to help?  Volunteer pilots and donations are always needed.  For more information, please visit http://pilotsnpaws.org/

GMU is the busiest general aviation airport in South Carolina and is a self-sufficient entity with financial strength that doesn’t rely on local taxpayers for funding. GMU is home to Greenville Jet Center, the largest Fixed Base Operator (FBO) in S.C., as well as more than 25 other aviation-related businesses creating 453 jobs that annually contribute more than $35.2 million to the Upstate economy. For more information about GMU please visit http://www.greenvilledowntownairport.com or contact Joe Frasher at 864-242-4777 or joe@greenvilledowntownairport.com


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5 thoughts on “Greenville Rescue Animal Airlift: Make a Flight. Save a Life!”

  1. Michelle says:

    I would take a wee puppy dog any day of the week, and give them two canine brothers, a big brother and sister and a daddy and mommy to Loveland take care of them for the rest of their days. Sign me up!

  2. Jo Ann Natale-Varvatsas says:

    How can someone add rescued animals to this wonderful life saving airlift? We have many from Gaston County, NC that could also benefit from a ride on this caravan to out of state rescues. Please please let me know how we can make this possible. Thank you all so much for what you do on a continuous basis to aide in saving the lives of many.

  3. debi says:

    Jo Ann, please send an email to info@pilotsnpaws.org attention Debi. Thanks!

  4. Gary S. says:

    When can we expect to see more details for us pilots who may be coming from up north, e.g., flying in on Friday, overnight accommodations, northbound drop off points, etc.?

  5. debi says:

    Hey Gary, A mass email will be going out to pilots next month listing the accomodations that will be provided by PNP for your overnight Friday stay and also the connecting points. We always work to accommodate our pilots and appreciate everyone’s participation when it comes to not only helping these animals, but educating the public! See you the end of September!

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