Bits and Pieces
Second Rescue Flight for Pilots N Paws Canada Volunteer Pilot Ron Haslam
Two diverse communities, rescue groups, and general aviation pilots found common purpose through the program Pilots N Paws Canada.
On Thursday, August 16, animal rescue volunteers from NOLA Labrador Retriever Rescue and Friendly Giants Dog Rescue waited at the Carp Airfield with two 10-week-old Cane Corso puppies and a frightened little German shepherd cross named Sapphy. Sweet little Sapphy had been left to die in a sealed cardboard box with her sister in a shopping mall parking lot in Quebec, and the Cane Corso puppies were part of an unwanted litter surrendered to a Quebec rescue organization. All of these animals had been rescued from some pretty rough situations in Quebec and now were on their way to waiting foster homes near Peterborough, Ontario. The great news for them was that their futures were no longer bleak, as many volunteers were working together to assure the best possible futures for them. In the past, groups like Friendly Giants Dog Rescue located in Ottawa had few options except long, time-consuming ground transportation, usually involving multiple drivers, cars, and stress for the animals that were traveling over hours and sometimes days. Now, with the help of volunteer pilots like Ron Haslam, the reality of getting animals quickly and safely to their new homes opened up, thanks to these same resources for helping other animals.
When asked what Ron likes the most about doing these flights, he answered, "Many private pilots only go flying when they have a reason to go - such as a fly-in or a lunch with other pilots. Most people I know have dogs and love them very much. Knowing that they can help abandoned and abused dogs and also get to fly to new places and meet new people should be more than enough reason to get involved."
We at Pilots N Paws Canada could not be more grateful that Ron and other Canadian pilots like him feel that way. The rescues need help in every corner of Canada, and we are also now helping national programs that have both Canadian- and U.S.-registered organizations and use the U.S. Pilots N Paws program, so finding more volunteer pilots like Ron is crucial.
So what has happened since the flight of these furry passengers?
The little male Cane Corso pup is in his "forever home", and his owners are knowledgeable about the needs of this very large and strong breed.
Pretty Sapphy is in her foster home, meeting all the folks that want to adopt her.
And the female Cane Corso pup is being argued over by preexisting applicants and is drawing in huge numbers of applications.
If you are a general aviation enthusiast and would be interested in joining the Pilots N Paws Canada volunteer program, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to our forum and register. There isn't a place in Canada that doesn't need the help you can provide. You are always in charge of when, where, and what you fly, and we will do all we can to help connect you to those reputable rescue organizations you can be proud to work with.