Good morning, all --
I had a question come up the other day and I didn't really have a good answer. I wonder what any of you have found. When is a transport request real, valid, and worthwhile vs just someone who wants to get a dog shipped a long way, and how do you know the difference? For instance, I've been working as part of viewtopic.php?f=5&t=5925
and so I'll pick on it as an example (sorry, Hector!).
Those folks who post here often and move 15 dogs at a time and so on probably have some credibility. I also see no reason someone rescuing just one animal couldn't ask for help with a long (or even not so long; although this example is 11 hours each way, just 4 hours may still be too much for someone) trip in a car. And I'm delighted to be able to contribute as a pilot and have a better reason to fly (like it ever requires arm-twisting, right? :-)
But, for all I know, Hector could have *bought* this puppy from a mill and just not want to drive to get it or pay the air freight for the trip. Maybe he's thinking "Hey, I'll get some friendly pilots to fly my new dog down to me and I'll save a bunch of money and time -- or my money and my time, at least". I don't have a way to tell.
Has this topic ever come up, and are there already good answers out there? I don't want to scare anyone off of a transport leg (and I have nothing against Hector :-) but when I couldn't answer the question I started thinking about the matter...
TIA & HAND