Early one Saturday morning in January, Pilots to the Rescue Top Dog Pilot Michael Schneider and co-pilot Daniel Baumel took to the skies headed for St. Mary’s County Regional Airport in California, Maryland. There they met Glori and Christine from Pittsylvania Pet Center and THIRTY (yes 30!) adorable, adoptable felines in need of homes.


As you can see from the video, the 30 cats were loaded into the new Pilots to the Rescue Piper PA-32R-301T for the 4+ hour flight to Maine. Touching down shortly after 2 p.m., the PTTR team quickly met up with the representatives from the Animal Refuge League of Portland who had been anxiously awaiting their arrival. By late Saturday night all 30 were settled in at ARLPG and getting some much-needed rest after their incredible journey. It won’t be long before they’re meeting the new families whose homes they call their own.

For information on adopting, contact Animal Rescue League of Greater Portland via their website or find them on Facebook.  Some of the cats were transferred to the Animal Welfare Society of Kennebuck, Maine.

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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