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Volunteer pilots rescue pets and deliver them to new homes

by Mayra Moreno / KENS 5

Posted on September 27, 2012 at 7:38 AM

NEW BRAUNFELS - More than 4 million unwanted pets are euthanized yearly, but a group of volunteer pilots are making a difference with an organization called Pilots N Paws.

"Pilots are funny guys," said Brian Slaga. "They love to fly, and this gives us another reason to fly."

Slaga is a volunteer for Pilots N Paws, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving pets.

A two-month-old Catahoula dog once at a kill shelter will be meeting with her adoptive family in Big Spring.

"She's going to be dropped off by a pilot out of Houston," said Slaga.

The anxious, but  friendly Catahoula embraced her rescue pilot as she boards her final flight. Destination: home.

In no time, Slaga, KENS 5 photojournalist Katrina Gutierrez and the pup are traveling through the sky.

After a two-hour flight Anne and Donnie Tubb meet their new family member.

"That's amazing that (Slaga) spends his time shuttling dogs around for other people for no reason than just something he enjoys doing," said Donnie Tubb.

It was a worthwhile trip, but not the last.

"Say bye-bye," Anne Tubb said to their new puppy.

Mission accomplished, it's back to the skies for Slaga.