They say good things are worth waiting for, and on this particular evening, passengers aboard an incoming Pilot-N-Paws flight from Louisiana would have to agree. All the dogs on the plane are on their way to New Hampshire’s Manchester Airport, thousands of miles away from the gas chamber that was nearly the tragic scene of their last moments on earth. And for those of you who can’t fathom exactly what a gas chamber looks like or what dogs inside experience, count yourself lucky because this is the stuff that keeps us up late at night.
The Warmth of Human Hands
Animal Aid of Vermillion Parish in Louisiana kicked off the rescue when they pulled the dogs from their intended fate. Then, Animal Rescue Front, a small organization devoted to rescuing animals from the obscenely overcrowded animal control facilities and shelters in the South, set about the business of finding families and foster homes in the New England area.
Because of these long distance rescues, the dogs, many of whom are as young as a year old, will have the opportunity to know the warmth of human hands, the softness of a sofa pillow and the satisfaction of enjoying a full bowl of healthy food.
The Dogs Meet Their Families & Foster Parents – PHOTO GALLERY
Anticipation sweeps across the tarmac as the nervous dogs deplane and find themselves in the arms of their new families. Some might call it an instant love connection, but it’s more than that because the bond between dog and family began before they ever laid eyes on each other.
There is a tremendous amount of pre-arrival preparation and that includes locating suitable adopters and foster families days before the flight takes off. All the dogs on this flight were placed through the Friends of Manchester Animal Shelter, a New Hampshire adoption center that regularly accepts dogs from long distance transports. See the photos
Take a Deep Breath
What this experience teaches us is more than just a simple exercise in teamwork. It’s about rescuing animals from a hopeless situation. These dogs, and the ones about to come through in June, were in an animal control center that offers no public adoptions. They were miserable. They had fallen through the cracks. The idea of rescue seemed near impossible. Yet one person had a vision that it could be done and everything snowballed from there.
The next time you find yourself sizing up a situation for an animal in distress, please remember this. It can be done. Take a deep breath. Have a little faith. Formulate a plan.
You Can Rescue, Too
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Photo credit: Howard Simpson