Led by the non-profit group, Pilots N Paws, the flight honors the “Chesterfield 22,” 22 dogs who were illegally shot to death by Animal Control Officers, since terminated, in Chesterfield, S.C. in March.
The so-called Memorial Rescue Flight brings together 45 volunteer pilots and their planes to relocate the animals to less crowded facilities and other animal-rescue organizations dedicated to finding the animals forever homes. Hundreds of other volunteer pilots across the country will also fly rescue animals the same weekend as part of the event.
“Safe transportation is a life and death matter for all pets,” says Joe Messner, CEO of Petmate, which is donating all the kennels, collars, leashes and seatbelts that the pilots need to ensure safe transport of the animals from South Carolina. “And even more so for these rescued animals, whose lives truly depend on this transportation. We feel a responsibility to help animals in need and want to make this most important journey safe and comfortable.”
The rescue flights will start Saturday, Sept. 17 at 6:30 a.m. at the Florence Regional Airport in South Carolina. In the event of bad weather, the flights will be postponed until Sunday, Sept. 18.
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