17 Dogs Saved with model, dancer, actress and casting director Savannah Vinson


On a cold and snowy Saturday in late February, Pilots To The Rescue Top Dog Pilot Michael Schneider and co-pilot Daniel Baumel flew from New Jersey to North Carolina, accompanied by model, dancer, actress, and casting director Savannah Vinson.


Savannah was raised on a farm where they had several rescued dogs and cats, and she generously agreed to come along on the flight to help raise awareness of the work we are doing.


In North Carolina, the team picked up ten homeless adult dogs, three Cattle Dog/Heeler mix puppies from an overwhelmed shelter in Georgia, four 3 month old Heeler/Husky mixes who were found abandoned and tied up outdoors in South Carolina, and a 4 month old German Shepherd rescued from an irresponsible breeder.


The nearly 300 mile return flight culminated in safety in New Jersey with our new partners at Home For Good Dog Rescue, a foster-home based non-profit. Each and every one has now been adopted!

MAJOR AIRLINES Alaska Airlines – Pet in cabin – $100.00 USD each way Pet in baggage – $100.00 USD each way. Animal doesn’t have to be owned the traveler and can be a rescue pet. • The pet carrier counts toward your carry-on bag allotment. You may bring either a pet carrier and a personal item, or a pet carrier and a standard size carry-on bag. You may not board the aircraft with a pet carrier, a standard size carry-on, and a personal item. • A customer may travel with a maximum of 2 pet carriers in the main cabin, only when the adjacent seat is purchased by the same customer. • Pets allowed in the passenger cabin are dogs, cats, rabbits, and household birds. Dogs and cats must be at least 8 weeks old and must have been fully weaned. • Up to 2 pets of the same species and similar size may travel in the same carrier, provided no body parts protrude from the carrier and the animals are not in distress. Brachycephalic or “short-nosed” dogs and cats are not accepted for travel in the cargo compartment on Alaska Airlines flights (including flights operated by Horizon, SkyWest, or PenAir). Dogs: boston terrier, boxer (all breeds), bull dog (all breeds), bull terrier, brussels griffon, chow chow, english toy spaniel, japanese spaniel/japanese chin, mastiff (all breeds), pekingese, pit bull (all breeds), pug (all breeds), shih tzu, staffordshire terrier. Cats: Burmese, Exotic Shorthair, Himalayan, Persian. All pets traveling in the cargo compartment on Alaska Airlines (including flights operated by Horizon, SkyWest and PenAir) must have a health certificate dated within 10 days of initial travel and 30 days of return travel, when the return flight is booked in the same record. Pets traveling on a return flight booked in a separate record are required to have a health certificate dated within 10 days of that flight. A health certificate is not required for pets traveling in the cabin with their passenger; however, many states have specific importation health and vaccination requirements.

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