Steve, good post and it goes to the heart of why there is a PilotsnPaws. A while back I tried to see if I could help and contacted a number of animal transport organizations about volunteering. They not only wanted copies of my insurance poilicy they wanted waivers and all sorts of information. It was clear that it was going to be very cumbersome just to volunteer my time and plane.
When Deb and I decided to try to reach pilots willing to help transport animals we did not want any pilot to have to provide anything but the use of his aircraft and time. We as pilots and aircraft owners have enough regulations and requirements. There is a huge problem in finding ways to transport animals in need. If a pilot is willing to go to the time, effort and expense to do that the only thing we want him to do is accept our sincere thanks.
We do not want to coordinate his flight, schedule his flight, dictate what ratings he needs, verify if he has insurance, or even interfere. We want the rescue pilots to deal directly with the folks involved with the rescue, and to set up their own schedules and to form their own relationships. The purpose of this site is to have a common place for all involved to ask questions, communicate, outline their needs, volunteer their services or just chat about animal rescues and transports.
It takes a while for rescues, shelters and fosters to understand what they need to know about aviation unless they have had some experience with an aviation transport already, and I leave that up to the pilots to help explain things such as the regulations we must adhere to, the licenses and ratings, currency, weight and balance, limits, etc. We do not have to show copies of our insurance policy or driver's license.
If we as members of this forum can help with advice, cages, security straps, or even setting up a transfer or overnight for special flights that is a good role for pilotsnpaws, but we do not want to ask a thing of you other than for your help.