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:

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Three year old gets lifesaving PTTR flight

On March 17, three year old Reid LeBeau received a lifesaving flight from Pilots To The Rescue

On March 17th, Pilots To The Rescue founding pilot Michael Schneider had the honor of flying Reid LeBeau and his mom from their home to Boston Children’s Hospital. Reid is a happy kid who loves school, super heroes, and dogs – the family has two, Kendall (a Lab) and Wyatt (a Sheltie). Reid and his family recently enjoyed a Make A Wish trip to Disney World and Universal.

But life isn’t as simple as it should be for this adorable 3 year old. Reid was only 2 days old when they discovered he had Hirschsprungs Disease, a congenital condition missing nerve cells in the muscles of the baby’s colon. His is a very rare case, with only 1 in 500,000 having this severe a form of the disease. As a result of the disease, Reid suffers from Short Bowel Syndrome. His colon is only 1′ long, much shorter than normal. That means Reid can eat, but because his colon is so short, there is no time for his body to absorb the nutrients he needs to survive and grow.

Eventually, doctors hope to do surgery to help Reid, but for now, he sleeps hooked up to machine every night. The sophisticated device does what his colon normally would – it helps him absorb the nutrients he needs. Every 8 weeks, Reid goes to Boston Children’s Hospital so doctor’s can manage and adjust the lifesaving machine. This time it was our turn to help out, flying Reid and his mom the 400+ miles from Delaware to Massachussets and another 400+ miles back home the following day.

We were thrilled to Team up with Angel Flight East and so fortunate to have met this amazing young man. Take care and be safe, Reid!

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