Man Flies 5,000 Homeless Animals To Save Them From Death

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Retired businessman and recreational pilot Jeff Bennett has already flown nearly 5,000 homeless animals to a better future. Bennett has been volunteering with Pilots N Paws, a South-Carolina-based organisation, since 2008. The organization helps to transport animals to less crowded shelters, foster or forever homes for free.

“I get a lot of satisfaction out of what I do,” Bennett told The Dodo. “I get to see dogs completely shut down when I pick them up, and then come out of their shell at the other end after a two- or two-and-a-half-hour flight. I’ve seen it so many times now that there might be something to it — that dogs know they’ve been rescued.”

Besides cats and dogs, Bennett has also flown many other animals ranging from pythons to pigs and rabbits. Bennett tries to do two flights per month. He uses his own plane and it costs him around $16,000 each year.

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Jeff Bennett has already flown nearly 5,000 homeless animals to a better future

He has been volunteering with Pilots N Paws since 2008

The organization helps to transport animals to less crowded shelters, foster or forever homes for free

Besides cats and dogs, Bennett has also flown many other animals ranging from pythons to pigs and rabbits

“It bothers me to know animals are going to get euthanized for lack of transportation”

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“We have to keep things flowing so these animals don’t get euthanized for lack of space”

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“I get a lot of satisfaction out of what I do”

“I get to see dogs completely shut down when I pick them up”

“And then come out of their shell at the other end after a two- or two-and-a-half-hour flight”

“I’ve seen it so many times now that there might be something to it”

“Dogs know they’ve been rescued”

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