Conditions of animals for transport

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Conditions of animals for transport

Postby Toga531a on Thu Dec 29, 2011 7:07 pm

I am not sure if this is the right place for this, but here goes.
For the second time in a month I transported an animal that smelled so bad that it was almost unbearable in the plane. I have done numerous transports over the last year or so and have never had an issue until recently.
Volunteers, I would ask that the dogs be bathed if they are so badly in need, we can't open a window while we are in the air.
I would also
request that any collars or leashes traveling with the dogs are fit properly and in reasonable condition. I experienced a problem with that today as well. The harness on one of the dogs was way too big, and could not be made small enough to stay on the dog. Fortunately, I travel with extra collars and leashes that we're sent to me by PNP, so that problem was solved, but I dont want an unexpected copilot up front with me by surprise
I hope this is taken in the right spirit, but I feel the need to put this on the table. The pilots, like myself, all take pride in what we do and in our aircraft, and a little consideration of these types of issues will be greatly appreciated by the pilot community
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Re: Conditions of animals for transport

Postby Liza007 on Fri Dec 30, 2011 6:58 pm

You are so correct Terry! Poor form on the sending party.

As a transport coordinator; Pilots, if my dogs are in that condition, I WANT TO KNOW please! As some of you know, I have strict requirements for these dogs, but as I'm not there, you need to be my 'eyes' so that future problems can be avoided.

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Re: Conditions of animals for transport

Postby Toga531a on Fri Dec 30, 2011 8:18 pm

I would like to add that I had occasion to speak with the rescue coordinator involved shortly after having made that post, too soon for her to have even seen it Her response was totally appropriate and appreciated. She, too, wants to know of any and all issues involving her transports and fosters, and no doubt she will take proper action.
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Re: Conditions of animals for transport

Postby Ladyflier on Fri Jan 27, 2012 3:37 am

I noticed that some dogs that come directly from a shelter do smell. I usually carry doggie wipe downs, but not knowing the dog, I am reluctant to wipe them off if they are big or strong dogs. The ones that were the worst, unfortunately, came from foster homes...hmmmm makes me wonder about the care they received.

I agree, it is hard to get the smell out of our planes sometimes.
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Re: Conditions of animals for transport

Postby admin on Wed Feb 08, 2012 8:09 pm

Sue and all, as one of our most frequent flying pilots shared with me, a can of Oust is your friend. Lowes carries it as do other stores. He never flies without it since he transports lots of puppies who are not yet housebroken. If your plane is well protected and you have crates, lingering odors should never be a problem.

Always ask the rescues to make sure the dogs are bathed and treated for fleas, ticks, etc.. If you don't, then it is very likely a pilot will not volunteer to assist you again in the future. Just be courteous and considerate of the people and the animals you are working with.

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Re: Conditions of animals for transport

Postby Liza007 on Wed Feb 08, 2012 8:52 pm

nice save! :)
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