In the Pilots N Paws program, pets from overwhelmed kill shelters hitch a flight to communities where they will be adopted.
Pilot Jeff Bennett recently flew his 1,000th animal. (June 21)
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[Notes:AP][Notes:Greenville, Alabama][Notes:VO dogs in kennels coming off planes]SOT: This is the guy they were getting ready to euthanize ...FROM THE AIR ... A SAVIOR FOR DOGS.THANK YOUS COME WITH WAGS OF THE TAIL ... AND PLAYFUL BARKS.FOR THESE DOGS ... LIFE IS ABOUT TO CHANGE.[Notes:Jeff Bennett / Pilots N Paws program]SOT: These dogs were left in a shelter, and were in danger of being euthanized. So we're moving them down to where they have a better chance of being adopted.FOR PILOT JEFF BENNETT OF BIG PINE KEY, FLORIDA ... THE FLIGHT TO ALABAMA AND BACK IS A JOURNEY OF LOVE ... A *CRAMPED* JOURNEY ... WITH 23 DOGS ON BOARD.SOT: Today I'll be moving my 1,000th animal. It's been about three and a half years that I've been flying for them, so this is a mile marker.THE PROGRAM IS PILOTS AND PAWS ... MOVING PETS FROM OVERWHELMED SHELTERS TO PLACES WHERE THEY WILL LIKELY BE ADOPTED.[Notes:Rebecca Harshman, Alabama volunteer]SOT: OK everybody, if one of the dogs gets loose, don't chase it, get down on the ground and just call it to you.PILOTS LIKE JEFF BENNETT DONATE THEIR TIME ... PLANE ... AND GAS.SOT: It's a great feeling, knowing that these dogs probably wouldn't be here another weekend if we didn't get them moved out.A PILOT AND HIS PLANE ... TO THE RESCUE ... WITH PETS, NOT PEOPLE AS PASSENGERS.LEE POWELL, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS