Private Rescuer, Not Affiliated with Non-Profit

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Private Rescuer, Not Affiliated with Non-Profit

Postby DMMH on Thu May 19, 2011 9:12 pm

I posted a transport request yesterday from Baltimore to Denver and contacted several pilots who, according to the locater, travel between my area and the area in which my rescue cat will be re-homed. As of yet, I have not received a transport offer. I realize that I may simply need to to be more patient. I also realize that, perhaps, an offer will not will not be made.

My concern, after reading some messages on this site, is that I will be perceived as someone who is trying to have my personal pet transported at no cost. This is not the case. Two weeks ago, I adopted the kitten from a couple who had rescued her from an abusive situation. However, they had several pets and could not afford to take proper care of her. I adopted her with the intention of spaying and vetting her to improve adoptability, then placing her in a local rescue. I did have her spayed and vetted (at my own expense), but after a thorough search of three nearby states, found that all rescues organizations are full. This is partly due to the poor economy and the time of year, with many rescues being over-run with the number of kittens born in the spring. Even no-kill shelters in the area have waiting lists!

Unfortunately, I am not in a position to keep the kitten, as my apartment does not allow pets. After an exhaustive search, I found a wonderful home in Denver with a couple who have fostered this breed and are willing to give her a permanent home! Now, I need to find a way to get her there. I would appreciate any suggestions -- I have the kitten's best interest at heart, and do not want to be mistaken as someone who is trying to take advantage of the kindness of the volunteers.

Thank you.

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Re: Private Rescuer, Not Affiliated with Non-Profit

Postby deeogee1 on Sat May 21, 2011 4:48 pm

I think the reason you have not had any offers is more likely due to the distance rather than pilots seeing it as a free ride for a personal pet.

The average distance these pilots fly is 200+/- miles. You would need multiple pilots and an overnight most likely to transport that distance. With weather & pilot availability factored in, it becomes a monumental task to coordinate.

Another reason may be that some pilots don't check the board that often--so if no pilots along your route are aware of the request, you won't get replies. You can try emailing individuals listed on the More Mapping Options. (But I think the distance is just long for general aviation pilots to get involved with).

Have you checked out some ground transport groups? Operation Roger is volunteer long haul truckers & you might have better luck finding help. Or try ... ransports/

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