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Maryland pilot to take part in Pilots N Paws 5000

pawsJohn Jorgenson used his Cirrus SR22 to transport a rescued Papillon to a new home. He will transport another dog in September as part of Pilots N Paws 5000, an effort to save 5,000 animals in a week using general aviation.

With a little extra time and a Cirrus SR22, John Jorgenson brought new life to a dog.

Jorgenson, a Maryland pilot who adopted his own rescue dog this spring, helped another dog find a home in August when he volunteered to fly a Papillon rescued from a puppy mill in Ohio to an owner in Pennsylvania. He found out about the need for the flight on the Pilots N Paws (PNP) Web site, and now he plans to carry another dog to safety as part of Pilots N Paws 5000, an effort to save 5,000 animals in a week in September.

“I like to fly, and I thought there’s … good value in flying for someone else,” Jorgenson said. After hearing that there was a need for pilots to take animals from shelters where they would be killed to areas where they can find homes, Jorgenson found the Pilots N Paws Web site and looked for needed flights in his area, with dogs that would fit in the back of his SR22. He found one from Monroe County Airport in Woodsfield, Ohio, to Cahester County Airport near Philadelphia, Pa., and signed up.

For animal rescue flights coordinated by organizations like Pilots N Paws or ARF (Animal Rescue Flights), the pilot often introduces the giving and receiving shelters to the world of general aviation. Jorgenson took the lead for his flight, explaining the schedule and the possible effects of weather to the person dropping off the dog and the woman bringing it home. After planning the flight and ensuring that the dog had all the documents it needed for interstate flight, he flew from Frederick, Md., to Monroe County Airport and picked up Casanova.

September 3, 2009

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