Facebook_off Twitter_off Pinterest Instagram_off Googleplus_off Youtube_off Emailnewsletter

Welcome to DogHeirs, Where Dogs Are Family! Log in or Sign Up


DogHeirs Tshirts

400 dogs rescued from high-kill shelters and flown to new lives

Dogart_thumb By Ellen | October 06, 2013 | Comments (6)


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.



Volunteer pilot rescues his 1000th dog

View more articles in: Rescue

You may also like

Powerful bond saves dog and autistic boy

Xena the Warrior Puppy is a young dog who has touched the lives of everyone around her, especially the life of Jonny, an young boy with autism. A little over a year ago, Xena was found in Dekalb County, Georgia, so emaciated that rescuers gasped aloud when they saw her. They guessed she was only around 4 months old and suspect she was starved and locked in a cage before being dumped. Doctors gave her...
Read more

367 Pit Bulls rescued in one of the largest dog fighting busts in US history

Puppies were carried to safety by an ASPCA official from a home in Auburn, Alabama. The puppies were rescued during a multi-state raid on a suspected dog fighting operation on Friday. Photo: ASPCA/AP 367 dogs have been rescued from a dog-fighting ring after a three-year investigation. The rescued Pit Bulls ranged in ages from just days old to 10 to 12 years old and were found living in terrible conditions at sites in Alabama, Mississippi,...
Read more

Help needed for shelter in crisis after intruder kills and injures rescued dogs

Dogs at a no-kill shelter in Georgia were victims of a horrific crime last week, after intruders broke in and appear to have used them as "bait" for fighting dogs. Three dogs were killed and over a dozen more were badly injured during the incident. The shelter in Macon wrote about the tragic incident the following morning: "We are deeply saddened by the cruel, criminal and inhumane treatment our beloved dogs endured last night. As...
Read more

Dying man gets his final wish to see his dog

Two weeks ago, Roger Calvert was getting a routine check up in Pittsburgh when it was discovered the cancer he had 5 years ago had returned and he only had a few days to live. In an instant, Roger's life had turned and he was moved to hospice care. He had travelled to Pittsburgh from Florida, where he was now living with his family. On hearing the news, Calvert said his dying wish was to...
Read more

Pit Bull Dachshund Mix Looking For A Forever Home

Moultrie Colquitt County Humane Society has an unusual dog up for adoption. Rami is a one-year-old Pit Bull and Dachshund mix. Not much is known of his origins or how he came to be at the shelter in Moultrie, Georgia, but the Humane Society says he's energetic and sweet. The Humane Society has gotten a lot of interest for Rami and shared photos of the unique mix on Facebook: "Hi! I'm Rami and I'm looking...
Read more

Comments on this Article

Thank you Thank you soooo very very much for saving 400 dogs!!! The best thing that anyone can do!!!! I wish that something can be done to pay those people back...and to keep doing this kind thing again!!!! Lets find a way!!!!
This is such an brillient thing hat you people are doing its great news to be hearing this god bless you people and the dogs safe flights to you and the dogs x
this is so amazing and God Bless you all for doing this. All animals are so dear to my heart and this is such a touching story. It makes me feel so good that there are people like you all out there in the world. Thank you so much for rescuing these babies!!
I too want to live a life like of these good Samaritans ! Kudos, Bravo, Thank you, every word is incapable of showing my gratitude !
That's just fantastic ! This dog lover applauds you ! Very well done indeed. I would love to hear more about how this was organized. I wish everyone of you safe flights and clear sky's. I hope everyone of the dogs find good homes. This put a big smile on my face.
The BEST story I've read in an age. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful :)
» View all comments

Add Your Comment!

Log in to leave a comment or Create an account

Spring Sale on T-Shirts

Must See

Questions About Rescue

Follow DogHeirs

Also find us on: DogHeirs on Twitter DogHeirs on Pinterest DogHeirs on Instagram DogHeirs on Google+

Copyright 2015 DogHeirs