Sometimes, animals have trouble getting adopted not because there isn’t anyone who wants them, but because they’re too far away from the people who do. One national nonprofit, Pilots N Paws (PNP) is working toward eradicating that problem.
PNP provides free transportation for animals who have a forever home waiting. Using volunteer pilots like Jeff Bennett insures they can keep their costs low enough to make the transportation doable.
Founded in 2008, PNP has over 5,000 volunteer pilots in their quiver. They transport more than 15,000 rescued animals every year. Their cargo isn’t just limited to dogs and cats, either. Everything from birds to pigs–even a dolphin–have made their way home in PNP’s planes.
Bennett, based out of Florida, began volunteering for PNP in 2008. Since then he’s helped over 5,000 animals, taking most of them to their adoptive homes, although on occasion air transport is used to deliver animals to medical care.
Pilots check in through PNP, and often contact those in need through Facebook pages. Bennett cherishes his time working with PNP.”It is all volunteer, so I can look at a posting and decide yes or no,” Bennett said. “Pilots want to be in the air, and I can do some good at the same time.”
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