How to Catify Your Apartment: Expert-Approved Tips and Tricks to Transform Your Space into the Ultimate Catopia

As snuggly as they may be, cats are notoriously curious creatures, and preparing your space for the arrival of your new furry friend is more than just a new litter box and some toys. From researching countless articles on the web to asking friends and local shelters for advice, there’s still plenty to consider. So, where’s a new cat parent to begin?

Whether you’re renting an apartment in New York or downsizing to a condo in Miami, knowing how to properly cat-proof your space will ensure your new furry roommate stays happy and healthy. To help you get started, Redfin reached out to us and other experts for our advice on how to make your space as safe and inviting as possible. Read on to find out how.

How to Catify Your Apartment: Expert-Approved Tips and Tricks to Transform Your Space into the Ultimate Catopia


The puppy bowl is coming and this year, Pilots To The Rescue is part of the big game!

Tune in to Puppy Bowl XVIII, the 3-hour spectacular event that can be streamed on discovery+ and Animal Planet on Sunday, February 13 at 2 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific.

Cheer on the adoptable puppy players of TEAM RUFF and TEAM FLUFF as they give it their all to catch air-speed and take home this year’s Chewy “Lombarky” trophy. Be sure not to miss the return of the Subaru of America, Inc. Pup Close and Personal segments that shine a light on adorable star athletes, including a special look at The Dogist (Elias Weiss Friedman) who teamed up with PTTR Top Dog Pilot Michael Schneider, to bring one incredible Dalmatian puppy, Pongo, on a flight from a Virginia shelter to New York City for Puppy Bowl XVIII.

According to Animal Planet, “As a member of Team Ruff, this dalmatian comes from Green Dogs Unleashed of Virginia. Being hearing impaired means Pongo has a heightened sense of smell and a nose for toys.”

The Dogist/PTTR segment featuring Pongo is going to be fascinating, so tell your friends and be sure you don’t miss this incredible event!

Pongo photo (above)) by Elias Weiss Friedman

Epic Puppy Rescue from Knoxville

On October 1st, we returned to Knoxville, TN where PTTR Top Dog Pilot Michael Schneider, accompanied by PTTR Executive Assistant Extraordinaire Brielle Petrella, who also volunteers for Amazing Mutts Puppy Rescue picked up 16 puppies and one adult dog in danger of being euthanized at various shelters in the area.

Our partners at Fi Dog Collars sent along a cameraman to grab some footage and Instagram stars Tinkerbelle and Belle (pictured above) were on hand to greet us at the airport.

October the red lab puppy, Arya a 6-month-old who was recovering from a nasty bout of mange, Toby a 7-month-old whose owner no longer wanted him, 2 heeler puppies – Saturn and Jupiter, 6 yellow lab puppies named after famous chefs – Gordon, Julia, Paula, Bobby, Emeril, and Guy – and 4 heeler puppies named after planets – Mercury, Venus, Neptune, Mars – have all now been adopted into happy, loving homes!

One very pregnant adult dog named Sahara joined us as well. She’s tucked away comfortably in a foster home where she can deliver and raise her puppies, before finding a forever home of her own.

Enjoy the heartwarming photos in the video below as the puppies were adopted!

Great new video about PTTR from Fi Dogs

We just know our supporters will love this video from our partners at Fi.Dogs, who joined us on a recent rescue mission to save 16 puppies and provide every pup a new Fi collar! Don’t miss this great story of what we do and why.
Fi Smart Dog Instagram Video about PTTR

Sweet Sixteen from Texas

From Athens, Texas to just outside Washington, DC would have been a 20-hour, 1,300-mile road trip for 16 deserving dogs, but National Mutt Day (July 31) was their lucky day as Pilots To The Rescue stepped in to speed up their journey to safety.

Originating with the Humane Society of Cedar Creek in Tool, Texas, and Athens Animal Rescue Shelter in Athens, Texas, the team from Athens met our volunteer pilots at the southern border of Virginia. There Fluffy the Great Pyrenees, Hayes, an abandoned Mountain Cur, young Shepherd mixes Cornel and Calypso, a German Shepherd named Dana and a Chihuahua called Chatita, Lab mix puppies Charlie and Chantal, Collie-mix puppies Gage, Giovanni, Gabe, and Gabriel, All American Mutts Garbanzo and Mung, and two little red hounds, Yoda and Yogi boarded the Pilots To The Rescue plane, piloted by Top Dog Pilot Michael Schneider and Co-Pilot Daniel Baumel. A few hours later, they arrived in Manassas where they received a warm welcome from dozens of foster families from To The Rescue, a rescue group located in the Washington, DC Metro Area.

The volunteers at To The Rescue (not affiliated with Pilots To The Rescue) are dedicated to saving the lives of cats and dogs from over-crowded shelters in North Carolina, ​South Carolina, Georgia, West Virginia, and Texas. All 16 dogs have been adopted into loving homes.

If you’re considering adopting a new family member, check with our destination shelters indicated by * on the Pilots To The Rescue website today.

Flying Cats with Sasha Bee

On July 28th, a dozen kittens took to the skies for a life-saving flight from Virginia to New Hampshire. They were stewarded by Pilots To The Rescue Top Dog Pilot Michael Schneider, Co-Pilot Daniel Baumel, and professional make-up artist, influencer, and animal lover Sasha Baez.


The 12 kittens, from Purrfect Hearts Cat Rescue in North Carolina, made the 950-mile journey to the welcoming arms of new families in New Hampshire. We hope you enjoy the video from the rescue and our slideshow below of some of the kitten’s happy in their new homes!


10 Reasons to Adopt A Shelter Dog – ASPCA

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® (ASPCA®) was the first humane society to be established in North America and is, today, one of the largest in the world. Founded on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans and must be protected under the law, the ASPCA is a national animal welfare organization with more than 2 million supporters across the country. So they know their stuff.  What are the top 10 reasons to adopt a shelter dog?

#1. You’re Saving More Than One Life
#2. Unconditional Love! What Could Be Better
#3. Read the rest on the ASPCA website at 10 Reasons to Adopt a Shelter Dog | ASPCA

And then go adopt a shelter dog! Better yet – go adopt a shelter dog transported to safety by Pilots To The Rescue! #adoptdontshop

Dill, a rescued labrador retriever

Photo: Dill, a Labrador Retriever mix. Check with A New Chance Animal Rescue for adoption information.


Special Mission: Species Survival

Special Mission: Species Survival

In addition to flying dogs and cats to safety, we sometimes help transport wildlife as well. That was the case in late July, when we helped the Niabi Zoo‘s conservation program by transporting two baby Fennec Foxes – Bitti and his brother Bikku. The transfer was done at the recommendation of the Fennec Fox Species Survival Program, for the purpose of sustaining Fennec Fox captive populations and spreading the educational messaging of this incredible species.

PTTR Pilot Wes Kautzmann flew from Elkhart, Indiana to Moline, Illinois to pick Bitti and Bikku up from their caretakers at Niabi Zoo and fly them 1,100+ miles to Ellenville, New York. There they were met by Animal Embassy Founder Chris Evers. The next morning little Bitti continued on to Buttonwood Zoo in Massachusetts.

The flight cut several hours off the duration of their trip and was a huge improvement over flying cargo from a safety and comfort standpoint. “Flying animals or transferring in general is always a stress filled process” said Niabi Zoo Assistant Director Tammy Schmidt, “however having the honor of flying our little kits with Pilots to the Rescue was quite a relief. Thank you for this smooth transition for the boys.

These two adorable foxes will both become Animal Ambassadors – Bitti in Massachusetts and Bikku in Connecticut, helping to educate and inspire society to protect wildlife and wild places and helping the public learn about the importance of Species Survival Plans.

Bobs from Skechers and Petco Love Help Save Pets

Bobs from Skechers and Petco Love Help Save Pets

According to a recent report by Businesswire, Bobs from Skechers has now donated more than $7 million through Petco Love and other animal welfare organizations, helping to save and support over 1.3 million shelter pets in the United States and Canada.

Initially a philanthropic collection of slip-on styles that donated new shoes to children in need, the BOBS from Skechers movement has grown to help protect shelter animals through a diverse collection of sandals, sneakers, boots, and slippers, including collaborations with icons like Doug the Pug and James Goldcrown.

BOBS has also expanded beyond footwear to offer apparel and accessories, from tops and bottoms for pet lovers to adorable pet beds, scarves, collars, toys and harnesses at

For every BOBS item purchased in the United States and Canada, a donation of twenty-five cents USD per item of specially marked BOBS from Skechers footwear, apparel, and accessories sold in the U.S. will be made to Petco Love. Formerly Petco Foundation, Petco Love is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that helps save the lives of dogs, cats and other pets by supporting a network of more than 4,000 animal shelters and animal rescues. The promotion runs from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2022.

Want to lose weight and reduce stress? Adopt a dog.

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