Q. How far can you transport?
A. The graphic below is a basic indicator of our transport area. We work with other volunteers to transport outside of this range. Today, transport is only limited by costs associated with it. This is expected to change in the future as we grow and work through specific requirements as a non profit with the FAA.
Q. What requirements do you have?
A. Sending and/or receiving rescues must be 501c3, or represented by such organizations. Animals must have applicable health certificates for interstate transport per USDA guidelines.
Q. How much do you charge?
A. We are a 501c3 non-profit that provides our services at no cost to other 501c3 rescue organizations, there is no charge for our services. Donations are always welcome.
Q. Is this your full time job? Can I work for you?
A. We are an all volunteer organization with no paid employees; the founder has a full time occupation, specializing in design, support, and maintenance of Cisco Network, Security, Voice and Collaboration technologies. Annually he donates over $10,000 to the organization to fund it’s flights ($14,000 in 2016).
Q. Can I pay you to transport my pet?
A. No. We are non-profit, non-commercial operation; we are not a “for-hire” organization as that would not comply with FAA regulations. Our core focus has always been, and will always be, saving animals from euthanization at no charge.
Q. How often do you transport?
A. Currently, we fly about twice per month, usually on weekends.
Q. What type of aircraft do you fly?
A. Our primary aircraft is a 1970 Beechcraft Bonanza V35B.
Q. Do animals travel well by air?
A. In our experiences, yes. The vibration tends to put them to sleep. Like humans, turbulence can cause upset stomachs and nausea, however this is a rare occurrence. In the majority of flights the animals simply curl up for a good nap.
Q. How many animals can you transport?
A. Each mission is unique; our rescue missions are centered around the available rental aircraft for a particular mission. To date, we have flown up to 23 animals in our Bonanza – not an easy feat. Each aircraft has varying limitations that are factored into each flight. Aircraft have weight capacity and distribution requirements that must be strictly adhered to for the safe operation of the aircraft. We factor in additional safety margins beyond what is required by the aircraft manufacturer and FAA, including overall weight maximums and fuel minimums. An average rescue flight my have between 8 and 12 animals.
Q. Do animals need to be crated?
A. We crate animals based on multiple factors; puppies are always crated. Larger and adult animals can be tethered in seating areas. Animal temperaments are validated for loading; if issues arise an animal may have to be crated individually or removed from a flight. High density flights usually result in 95% of animals being crated.
Saving animals, one rescue flight at a time.
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