So I am a new to this group, and have not flown any missions yet, so naturally I am looking into all the things that can go wrong. Chief among these is what happens if you transport a dog, and the connecting pilot doesn't show, or the weather turns bad half way through the transport. It looks to me like you could end up stranded at an airport in the middle of nowhere with a dog. Has this happened to anyone?
I also noticed that there seems to be a somewhat steady flow of dogs from SE to NE. Each shelter in the connecting states are probably at capacity, but it seems that some kind of deal could be worked out with the shelters where you could first fly a dog from a shelter to a owner, and then have a space reserved, an empty bed, that could be used for PNP animals. You could than move a animal from a shelter further south into this empty bed. The end result would be a sort of railroad of dogs with pilots flying individual legs moving the dogs steadily northward. Such a system would allow pilots to move dogs from location to location without having to worry about connecting flights, coordinating flight times, etc. On any given weekend, a pilot could make a trip from one location to the next, and even make last minute trips. This all could be done without increasing the number of dogs at any given shelter, and in fact it would reduce the number since the PNP bed would only be occupied about half the time.
If such a system could be put together, it would greatly reduce the complexity of a transport, and ease the burden on the pilot, and therefor increase the total amount of dogs moved.