It was called Operation Special Delivery and the operation involved over 50 pilots flying 400 dogs from high-kill animal shelters in Georgia to rescues along the east coast in the United States. Some of the dogs rescued from the shelters were just hours away from being euthanized.
Pilot N Paws volunteers donated their time, gas money and their planes to pick up the shelter animals on Saturday and give them a second chance at life.
The day began with the planes on the ground at a Georgia airport with fog covering the tarmac. But as the fog lifted so did the 45 plus planes with their precious cargo. The rescue organization said it was the largest single-day air and land rescue of shelter animals ever in the southeast.
Pilots N Paws wrote on their Facebook page, "We're on scene at the Midcoast Regional Airport in Hinesville, Georgia and our pilots are ready to make history and set a record for the largest animal rescue flyway event in US history! We'll be flying over 400 animals along the east coast to new homes and areas where they will be adopted quickly!"
Here are two of the dogs who were flown to a new rescue to find homes.
After 36 hours and thousands of miles traveled, all the dogs were safely transported to awaiting foster families and rescues. By the end of the day the animals had arrived in Florida, New Jersey, Washington D.C. and Virginia.
One of the pilots, Ellen Herr, flew 11 dogs - 10 mixed mixed retriever puppies and an adult Chihuahua - to Naples Humane Society. She said the dogs make excellent passengers, "They go to sleep! Usually within 10 minutes everyone is asleep," she said. All her special deliveries, and the hundreds of other animals are expected to be adopted in the next few weeks.
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