Rescuing Barkley, Captain, Wiggles, and Baby

For some dogs like Baby and Captain, a trip to another shelter is just a day in the life.  For others, it is what their life depends on. On November 9th, 2016 pilots Billy and Shane helped transport 4 young, healthy dogs from a busy Texas shelter to the Rutland Humane Society in Vermont. Here, their chances for adoption are exponentially higher.


Their Story

For Barkley, the 43-pound black lab, and Wiggles the spotted black and white border collie mix, this flight gave them a chance at a long, happy life. Because these two pups are what the Texas shelter labels as “critical needs dogs”, their time in the lone star state was quickly running out.

Tawana, from the Society for Companion Animals, informed us “[Barkley] kept getting passed up; big black dogs are hard to adopt in Texas”. She has a point. In fact, there is even a name for this phenomenon. It is known as Black Dog Syndrome, or BDS. According to, big black dogs spend four times the number of weeks on the site as other pets. This is also true in shelters across the country. Likely due to media portrayal and unclear facial features the aversion to black pets remains a problem.

The Flight

The pilots involved, Billy and Shane had the opportunity to help out these canines arrive safely at their destination and took it without a second thought. For them, helping someone out, dog or person, is always worth their time.

Beginning their journey in Farmingdale, NY, the pilots were off to the rescue. After flying to Westchester, they picked up Captain, Baby, Wiggles, and Barkley at Million Air.  Isn’t it amazing what people will do for animals? The airport was even nice enough to waive any fees associated with the trip. Once the dogs finished gazing out the windows, their excitement transitioned into a long nap that lasted most of the flight. Finally, the dogs safely land in Vermont at the KRUT Rutland Airport, where the four pups were taken to the Humane Society.

Adoption Details

Now, you can find the dogs on Rutland Humane Society’s adoption page. Each dog has a unique personality and loving nature. They have a lot of energy and are ready to put it to good use loving the family who chooses to adopt them.

Find out more about Captain, Barkley, Wiggles, and Baby here.

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