Hyperflite co-founder, Jeff Perry, recently put his flying skills to good use when he flew his small two-seat aircraft on a mission for the Pilots N Paws organization. Pilots N Paws is a coalition of pilots that provides transportation for shelter and rescue canines that are being moved long distances between shelters or to their forever homes.
Perry, a long-time pilot, has always been a huge advocate for shelter and rescue canines. His 1989 World Canine Disc Champion Gilbert, was adopted from a shelter in Macon, Georgia. Over the years Perry has surrounded himself with foundlings, rescues and adoptees, at one time hosting 11 dogs in his home in Atlanta. Recently, Perry became aware of the efforts of Debi Boies and Jon Wehrenberg who co-founded Pilots N Paws. Perry said, I’ve been looking forward to my first mission with Pilots N Paws and, finally, my work schedule and the weather conspired to give me a beautiful weekend flying day that coincided with an animal in need of transport. The animal, a young female Dobie in need of expensive eye surgery, needed to be moved from northeastern Tennessee to Atlanta, where Atlanta Doberman Rescue had arranged for the dog’s eye surgery.
Everything started with an email flight request sent out to Pilots N Paws volunteer pilots. Perry responded by email to the requestor, Tammara Josselyn, the Rescue Director at Canine Hope All Breed Rescue of Bristol, Tennessee. Perry exchanged emails with Josselyn to determine whether the dog would be able to handle the noisy airplane environment without midair mishap. Just to be sure, Perry brought along his young nephew, Benjamin Perry, to look after the dog while Perry concentrated on the flying. The flight itself was two hours each way over the mountains, but would have been a 10-hour plus car ride. After landing, in Atlanta, Perry was met by Jane Fratesi of Atlanta Doberman Rescue who would be arranging surgery and a forever home for Coco as she would henceforth be known.
Of the Pilots N Paws organization Perry said, It’s amazing that so many pilots are willing to help transport these animals even with aviation fuel prices that are historically high. But what is even more amazing, Perry added, is the dedication of all the rescue groups, foster families, and shelter volunteers who work so hard to find homes for all of these deserving animals.