First let me say that my sister married someone I can honestly describe as a really "good guy." Someone she can share her interest in charities with and more. His name is Mike. He's an accomplished engineer and pilot with several cool hobbies including motorcycling and auto
restoration. Needless to say, sharing similar interests, we get along well. This is a good thing if you're going to be in a small plane together with 17 dogs for 12 hours.
She started working out of her grandparent's barn and continues to build a terrific legacy.
These 17 dogs bring Mikes shuttling total to 52 animals. As a point of reference, Mike has only been doing this for a year. And, Mike has shuttled almost exclusively between the Savannah shelter and Happily Ever After. Doesn't that make you stop and think how many other shelters there are and the staggering number of animals that don't get a second chance?
If you know a pilot or even someone with a car that can transport a single animal or 17 in crates as we did please let them know the need exists. And believe me, a small private plane has less room than most sedans would afford. Even if it's for just a few miles as part of a relay or during a trip that you'd be taking anyway, PLEASE contact Pilots N Paws or your local shelter or any rescue group that interests you. It doesn't take a lot of time, a fancy building or a pile of money to make a big difference to these animals.
Working with the Wisconsin Saint Bernard rescue we have driven to Chicago to pick up a dog from another transporter as part of a relay. We fostered when we could and have adopted three fantastic Saint Bernards over 11 years. However, we haven't come close to repaying the kindness shown by Jan, the tireless advocate of this organization http://www.wstresq.com/ .
What I'm trying to say is that the effort you put in is small compared to what you receive in return. Please take some time to visit these links and do what you can through volunteering, contributions of needed supplies or monetary donations.