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In my series on airports that dog rescue pilots should consider landing at is KLHZ, Triangle North Airport, near Raleigh, North Carolina.

The airport offers pilots a $1 per gallon discount for dog rescue pilots, the staff os friendly and the runway is long and wide. To be exact it is 5,500 x 100.
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Danny was yet another special passenger. He had a hard life before being rescued. Certainly it was a sad story but it has a happy ending.
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Mission – Helping a Military Family

This mission was an emotionally tough one. But a big hat tip goes out to our patrons for helping to support us to save Tonto and Ranger.

Tonoto, a female, black labrador retriever and Ranger, a male, golden labrador retriever, belong to a couple that serves on active duty in the US Air Force.

Due to ongoing, overlapping deployments they are no longer able to keep the dogs they rescued as puppies.

Over the past several years they’ve had friends keep the dogs but they don’t see their traveling slowing down anytime soon and can’t keep imposing on friends generosity

Both dogs are 5yrs old and at their age, as owner surrenders, Tonto especially because people have a misconception that black dogs are evil, and Ranger don’t have a very good chance of making it out alive of a kill shelter. North Carolina has one of the highest number of kill shelters in the county.

Steph Tjosvold, of Midwest Animal Rescue & Services in St. Paul, Minnesota agreed to bring the dogs into the rescue but needed help getting them from Raleigh, NC to Minnesota.

Steph posted a request asking for help getting the dogs to Pennsylvania by Sept. 23rd where she had already retained a pilot to fly them from PA to Wisconsin.

From Wisconsin she had a flight set to bring them into MN. Where she had forever homes already for them each.

She asked, to please help her honor their service to our country by saving their beloved dogs.

How could we refuse!!

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We just got word that Tonto and Ranger were adopted by a loving family yesterday. These two dogs were the feature of our first flying video story. You can learn more about their flight if you click here.
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Mission – Saving Two Dogs and Nine Puppies is the Mission of the Day

This flight and the saving of these dogs, who would have otherwise been killed for lack of shelter space, was made possible by our amazing supporters and patrons who help us out for as much or as little as they can afford. If you are not yet a supporter, click here to learn more.

Nancy a volunteer from Granville County SPARE (Shelter Partner for Adoption, Rescue & Education) and her two super cute daughters brought Danny, a Border Collie Mix, to meet us at Triangle North Executive Airport.

Danny is a happy and playful dog. He’d never met Nancy and her daughters until that morning and he was quickly rolling around and playing with them as if he’d known them forever.

Danny was at the Granville Animal Shelter in April of this year but his owners came and got him. In May, Danny was hit by a car and was found on the side of the road with a laceration on his leg. He was taken again to the shelter. This time his owners didn’t want him or couldn’t afford to treat him and told the shelter to euthanize him. That’s when Granville County SPARE came in and took Danny, they paid for the surgery on his and found a foster family that took care of him while he recuperated. We did not meet the foster family but they deserve massive hugs.

Amber was surrendered by her owner shortly after she gave birth to her pups. We are not sure exactly why but obviously the sudden explosion in dog family size was unmanageable by the previous owner. Amber was so thin and scared. She reminded us of the dogs you see on TV when the SPCA is looking for donations.

Be sure to listen to the entire podcast for a lot more information.

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Mission – Getting Layla From a Kill Shelter to Service Dog Training

Layla was rescued nearly at the last minute from a shelter in North Carolina. She is a sweet dog with a great attitude and Crisis Dogs NC spotted her within an hour of he being put down.
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Mission – Puppies, Puppies, Puppies

On October 17, Pam and I had the pleasure of helping 11 dogs make their flight to life, safety, and a new future.
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Mission – Relocating Hayden to His New Forever Home

Hayden was a great passenger with us on a recent flight. He’s just a big puppy and it’s hard to keep that in mind since he’s still so young. It was an adventure. You’ll see.
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Mission – Helping a Military Family in Need

We could not have done this critical flight without your kind support and pledges.

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Mission – Deliver Puppies Up North

This was a mission full of giggles and puppy mischief. (more…)

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