“Operation Special Delivery” Caravan and Flyway

“Operation Special Delivery” Caravan and Flyway

WHAT: Hundreds of fully vetted rescue animals from surrounding shelters will be sent via plane and vehicle from Hinesville, GA to numerous receiving rescue groups in the Northeast and Florida. Volunteer pilots from Pilots N Paws will fly to Georgia the evening prior to the event. Saturday morning a large-scale flyway will commence at the airport as volunteers will load animals into dozens of general aviation planes to be flown to numerous receiving rescue groups in the Northeast and Florida.

Even more rescue animals will be driven to safety by a caravan of vehicles that will have originated in New Jersey and will have driven south to Georgia two days prior to this event.

In addition to working with local county shelters and saving those animals,  the rescue partners will also be rescuing all animals housed at the Ft. Stewart shelter at the time of the event. Many of these dogs will go on to be trained as service and comfort dogs for veterans with PTSD and other special needs through the Paws of War program.

Lead Organizers:

Pilots N Paws

Animal Aid USA

M.O.M.S. Animal Rescue

Guardians of Rescue

Subaru of America


AOPA Foundation


Midcoast Regional Airport

Chase Community Giving

WHY: To save the lives of shelter animals in kill facilities, to bring awareness to their plight, to encourage pet responsibility, to end gassing chambers, and to assist our veterans who have given so selflessly to their country.

DATE: October 5, 2013

TIME: 7:30 AM-12:00 Noon

WHERE: Midcoast Regional Airport (Wright Army Airport) Ft. Stewart, Hinesville, Georgia

Pilots N Paws salutes our partners Subaru of America and Petmate ! Please let these outstanding companies know how much they mean to the animal rescue community by visiting their websites and their social media pages . Give them a thumbs up for supporting Pilots N Paws!






www.facebook.com/subaruofamerica  #loveapet




www.facebook.com/petmate  #petmateproducts


Other support airports for connecting routes include:

Moore County Airport, Pinehurst, N.C.–gateway to the 2014 U.S. Open

Middle-Peninsula Regional Airport, West Point, VA

Warrenton-Fauquier Airport, Warrenton, VA

Flying W Airport, Lumberton, NJ

Tampa Executive Airport, Tampa, FL

Naples Municipal Airport, Naples FL

Palm Beach County Airport/Lantana, West Palm Beach, FL

North Palm Beach County Airport, West Palm Beach, FL




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20 Responses to ““Operation Special Delivery” Caravan and Flyway”

  1. I can help at the Southern Pines Airport, NC.

  2. I can help at the Southern Pines/Pinehurst Airport, NC.

  3. Douglas Manuel 06. Sep, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    This will be the third year we have participated in the mass fly-out. The events have been well organized and are well worth any pilot’s time and expense to support. We are approach our 100th dog transport and the personal satisfaction gained, supporting this worthwhile endeavor, will sustain us well into our golden years.

  4. Sandy, if you can help at Southern Pines please send an email to info@pilotsnpaws.org thank you!

  5. Hi all trying to a request for a dog from Southern Calif not seeing a log in to do this. I have before but not seeing it

  6. Great to see the volunteers come on-board to help! Thank you all!
    Follow this journey on #loveapet on Twitter October 4 & 5.

  7. Renee, all requests for transport from volunteer pilots are made by registering on our website (click on the Join tab). Please read all the guidelines prior to making your request as many times the distance you need is simply too far for our pilots to assist. After registration there is a link to our forum board on the homepage. That is where all requests are posted under the Ride Board: Animals Needing Transport. Thanks!

  8. Hi all new to the site. I’m a combat vet and commercial pilot, How can I help the most? I’m based out of KHYA Hyannis, Ma. and if there are animals going to new England I would like to help

  9. Hi Steven and thank you for your service to our country! If you only have access to commercial air, we have many pilots who will take animals with them on their working flights or on their off time. If you have access or own a private plane, then it’s easy to help! Just go to pilotsnpaws.org and click on the Join our Group at the top and choose the Pilot option. Please read all guidelines and info as you register and take some time to look over the information on the forum board, there is quite a bit and your fellow pilots will help you just ask. We are here to answer any questions at pilotsnpaws@gmail.com thanks for offering to help out!

  10. Can’t help at an airport, but willing to give a dog a home if one is needed. [S. MN]

  11. This rescue has dogs in NC that need to come to FL. How can I register for this event and get some dogs moved at the same time?

    Aussie And Me Animal Rescue

  12. Rita Chesterton 03. Oct, 2013 at 1:58 am

    I live in Hunterdon County, NJ, not too far from Lumberton, NJ. Would be happy to help with transport after arrival (or anything else) on the NJ end. I have a Mazda 3 hatchback.

  13. I can help with transport from the Tampa Executive Airport. However, I don’t know the date and time the planes are arriving. I have references from local rescue groups.

  14. My boyfriend is an Air Traffic Controller, and he texted me, “I just worked so many puppies!!! On about ten planes! A puppy plane parade!” and asked me to see if I could find out what was up, which led me here! What a cool thing you guys are doing. Here’s to those dogs having happier lives. :)

  15. Barbara Turner 05. Oct, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    I can help with driving. I have a Subaru Outback and it would hold a few cages. Or a bunch of dogs if they are not caged.

    Would love to help. I am retired and available any time.

  16. I would love to help! I’m not a pilot, but would love to volunteer with assisting in the rescue or delivery. I live in FL, I could help drive to rescue the animals & help deliver them. Please let me know if that’s something I could take part in, or how I can help. And thank you for all that you do!

  17. Your all wonderful and thanks a million

  18. I was privileged to witness my first Pilots N Paws rescue mission (West Point, VA) and I cannot begin to describe the flood of emotions I am still experiencing. God Bless you ALL for everything you do to help ALL animals. You are all Angels on Earth. I will continue to talk about your great work on my website – and pray I am able to meet up with you again and help in some way. God Bless you.

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