PTTR teams up with another celebrity to save more dogs

The Progress News’ reporter Kathy Shwiff profiled Pilots to the Rescue’s latest rescue mission with celebrity co-pilot, former American Idol contestant and Tony nominee Constantine Maroulis. PTTR flew 12 dogs to safety at A New Chance Animal Rescue in Bedford Hills, NY.

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PTTR doesn’t let the pets down!

What did you do for Valentine’s Day this year? We were scheduled to help rescue 9 cats and 7 puppies pulled from a small, crowded South Carolina shelter by Palmetto Animal League that needed to go to New Fairfield/Sherman Animal Welfare Society in Connecticut. But our Southeast pilot’s plane was still undergoing maintenance.

We weren’t about to let pets in need down!

Southeast pilot John loaded them all up in his SUV and drove the grueling 5-hour round trip to North Carolina to meet PTTR Top Dog pilot Michael. Once everyone was transferred to the PTTR plane, Michael whisked them off to Connecticut, safe and sound.

Mission accomplished.

PTTR flys to save Sweet Momma and puppies, Reeses and Andy

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Clockwise from top left: Sweet Momma, Momma’s puppies, Reeses, and Andy

On April 10th, Pilots to the Rescue teamed up with the Ulster County SPCA for a lifesaving flight. Top Dog pilot Michael Schneider flew 12 dogs, including a mother and her nine nursing puppies, to New York to save them from euthanasia. Horry County Animal Care and Control in South Carolina and the Highlands County Animal Shelter in Florida reached out for help with these animals in need. Ulster County SPCA stepped up to take them, and Palmetto Animal League in South Carolina kept the dogs safe until transport.

PTTR Top Dog Pilot Michael Schneider (left) and Ulster County SPCA’s Gina Carbonari with two of Sweet Momma’s puppies.

Sweet Momma and her 9 puppies, Max a lovable lab, and Reeses who is as sweet as his namesake, traveled to the Ulster County SPCA last week. Max (now Andy) has already been adopted! Reeses is available for adoption now., and Sweet Momma and her puppies will all be available for adoption as soon as they are old enough. We were thrilled to help save these deserving dogs and so grateful to all the groups involved for their life-saving work. Read the media reports about our new partnership with Ulster County Humane and this inaugural flight:

Want to help Pilots To The Rescue continue flying lifesaving flights to help more deserving dogs like Sweet Momma and her puppies, Reeses, and Andy? Find out more about how you can help today!


Shane and Michael to the Rescue!


9/14/16 – Superstar Pilot Shane Persaud and Founder/Pilot Michael Schneider rescued these 4 furry friends from Farmingdale, NY (KFRG) to Rutland, VT (KRUT). Things didn’t go as planned, weather caused a diversion to Glen Falls an hour away. Michael flew the leg there mostly in IMC (Instrument Meteorological Conditions). On the way back, Pilot Shane Persaud battled convective weather (thunderstorms and low visibility) shooting a GPS approach back into Republic Airport in Farmingdale. All in all, it was worth it!

Dogs originally came from Texas via: Society for Companion Animals
Ground Crew: Transporters Without Borders
Dogs can be adopted from Rutland County Humane Society

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