www.mnn.com, about the Pilots N Paws program. This is a program where pilots volunteer their time and resources to rescue animals so they can be located in a forever home.
Photo courtesy of Pilots N Paws
Pilots N Paws, is an S.C. based nonprofit organization and is the brainstorm of animal lover Debi Boies and pilot Jon Wehrenberg. It was started in 2008 when they rescued a Doberman pinscher from a Florida shelter. Today, this organization consists of 3,000 pilots and over 12,000 volunteers taking time to rescue, organize transportation and find foster homes for cats, dogs and other animals. Their efforts have resulted in over 12,000 animals finding forever homes.
Kathleen Quinn, executive director of Pilots N Paws, states there is no shortage of animals that need a home or of people willing to give them a home. The largest problem is getting them from one destination to the other. The transporting of the animals is the basis for the Pilots N Paws program.
The organization has flown a menagerie of animals from snakes to donkeys. The organization mostly flies dogs that come from shelters or that are facing retirement. Dogs used in the military are not guaranteed a plane ride home when their tour of duty comes to an end. In the year 2010, they enlisted the assistance of NAVY SEALs in Afghanistan to fly an injured Steppe eagle to a sanctuary in New York. Many of the dogs they rescue become service animals.
After a rescuer has made a post on the Pilots N Paws forum, volunteer pilots will receive an e-mail from the Pilots N Paws forum about an animal that needs to be rescued if the location falls within his flying radius. This is no easy task, pilots are often limited to 250 miles for one leg, and not all transports can be direct flights. In some cases, a volunteer will drive a leg of the trip and another pilot will complete the rescue.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
An article entitled, “Bitterant Placed in Antifreeze to Protect Pets” written by RJ appeared on the site: www.theanimalrescuesite.com/clickToGive/ars/article/Bitterant-placed-in-antifreeze-to-protect-pets and I felt it was worth passing along. All antifreeze and engine coolant manufactured for sale in the
for the purchase by consumers will contain a bitter flavoring agent to deter
pets from wanting to lap it up. United States
He states that the Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) along with the Humane Society Legislative Fund has passed laws in seventeen sates to require the addition of denatonium benzoate. Phil Klein, executive vice president, legislative and public affairs for CSPA says that all 50 states where antifreeze and engine coolant are manufactured are placing the bitterant in their products.
I know that animals are curious and will eat about anything, but I didn’t realize that over 10,000 animals are being poisoned each year from ingesting ethylene glycol. The reason animals will lick the antifreeze is because it smells and tastes sweet. It only takes one teaspoon of antifreeze or engine coolant to kill an average-sized cat.
Manufactures can place all the warning labels they want on their products, but it animals owners don’t take the necessary precautions and act responsible poisonings will continue to happen. Owning pets is an investment in time, money and requires responsible actions on the owner’s part. Our pets cannot read nor can they detect that just because something smells and tastes good it isn’t good for their health and well being.
Dogs rely on their sense of smell to sniff out wild birds for their human hunting companion and are even being trained to sniff out 100 year old bones. A dog’s sense of smell if so keenly developed that being able to locate a sweet smelling poison such as antifreeze doesn’t surprise me. Keep all poisons up high enough that your dog cannot jump up and knock it down. If you happen to spill some on the garage floor clean it immediately. Sand or cat litter works very well to absorb all the liquid and then it can be easily swept up and thrown away.
Keeping our pets safe and happy is a priority at www.caninecratestore.com ; I invite you to visit our store and find the crate that is perfect for your pet.
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Sunday, December 16, 2012
Quote from the article, "Black :Fur Day" Special Draw Lines at Animal Shelters": "The Humane Society of Central Texas reduced rates by half during their inaugural Black Friday promotion, attracting line of people on a typically slow day of the year. Another shelter, operated by the Animal Welfare League in Chicago Ridge, offered a second cat for free in addition to discounts on normal adoption fees. In Montana, Great Falls animal Shelter provided free adoptions when a donor agreed to cover all of the costs, such as vaccinations and licensing. Similar deal could be found in cities throughout the country, with some shelters reporting record numbers of adoptions for a single day." Posted Dec 13, 2012 by August Dombrow
What a wonderful way to help our pet who have no place to go. Remember to use caution if you are considering pet adoption to be sure that you are fully aware of all the responsibility that goes along with having an animal as part of your family. They are very cute and lovable when they are small, but keep in mind that they will mature and lose some of the cuteness. Sometimes, the little tricks they pull when they are young become a source of irritation later on. Be sure that you have pet proofed your home and that you have included your entire family, including other pets, with the process of adoption. If you have another pet that the new one will be living with, take it with you to the animal shelter and introduce them. It is best to find out if they will get along right from the get-go.
We should all be aware of the additional budgeting that will need to take place in order to properly take care of the new addition to our family. Include in your budget food, treats and toys, kitty litter, etc., veterinarian visits for well-ness checks, as well a home or crate. They need to have a place that is their own where they can claim their territory and feel safe and secure.
Happy Holidays from Canine Crate Store!
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Thursday, October 4, 2012
Today, October 4, is the Feast of St. Francis of
and has been set aside for “The
Blessing of Animals”. Many people will
be lining up at their church with their favorite pet by their side to have it
blessed by the priest. What a wonderful
feeling it is to have your furry friend blessed with good health. There are many animals in this world of ours
that do not have good health, a nice warm place to nestle down for the night or
a companion who loves them and sees that they are well fed. Assisi
Since we cannot provide for every animal the love, protection and security they deserve; we can do our best to see that the special ones we have chosen to care for are safe and secure. Today and everyday take good care of your pet and see that he is protected from the outside forces of nature. There are many good and effective ways to keep your pet safe. The larger pets requiring outdoor containment systems give the owner options from various sized kennels, tracking collars, to electric fence systems. Smaller pets which are kept inside need a crate designed to accommodate their particular built. You want to be sure that he can stand up and turn around in it with ease.
For such an occasion as “The Blessing of Animals” where many pets will be brought together, please have the little ones in an appropriate carrier. A lightweight carrier is a necessity while standing in line and will provide the safety and security your pet deserves. They offer protection from the weather at the same time providing plenty of ventilation and allow your pet freedom of movement without being traumatized by the other animals. Pet Carriers can be very stylish and if made of durable quilted nylon material they will last a long time. Look for a carrier that has top and side entry doors which make for easy loading and unloading of your pet.
Make today a special day for your pet and give him extra love. They deserve and have earned the right to special attention for the unconditional love and devotion they give us every day. Keep your furry friend in a kennel or crate that is clean and properly suited to his needs. It is my prayer that your devoted companions have good health throughout the coming year.
Posted by Canine Crate Store at 10:19 AM
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
A dog crate can be a great tool in training your dog to be patient. What better way to teach your dog to sit in one place for a short period of time than in his kennel with a small child sitting near by reading him a story. Learning to read without being embarrassed about how you pronounce a word or if you miss a page makes learning exciting and fun for a child. It promotes self esteem and makes the child feel important and that he is in control. It also gives parents a break, they know where the dog is and they can hear where the child is. Putting this into practice everyday; teaches the dog patience, builds your child’s self-esteem and thus benefits the whole family.
Studies have shown that using dogs as reading partners for children will increase their language studies and improve their report card. I quote, “Dogs not only help children learn to read, they help children learn to love reading” says Michael Amini coauthor with his wife, Linda, of the children’s book, Shellie, the Magical dog (www.shellietremagicaldog.com). “And that’s true for children with and without learning disabilities.”
PAWSitive Readers, a Minnesota pilot program to help children to read found that dogs helped 10 out of 14 grade-school children to increase their reading skills by one grade level. Across the coast at the University of California a study of children who read to their family dog improved their reading skills by an average of 12 percent.
Crate or kennel time can be fun for the dog and a Win-win situation for the entire family. Your dog will learn to have patience and discipline while your child steps into a world where schoolwork becomes fun. Most children like to play teacher and what better way than to have a loving companion who enjoys the sound of a calm voice telling them a story.
Dogs are excellent listeners since they are unconditional in their love and nonjudgmental; but best of all they will not laugh if and when we make a mistake. If you let it become a ritual to have the dog go to his kennel for reading time; there will be no need to shut the door as he will look forward to the one on one time.
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