PTTR Awarded $10,000 ASPCA Grant

September 16, 2015
Media Contact: Michael Schneider
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Pilots to the Rescue Awarded $10,000 ASPCA Grant
Funds will support life-saving animal relocation services

Scarsdale, New York — Pilots to the Rescue today announced the receipt of a $10,000 grant from the ASPCA ® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), which will fund life-saving animal relocation efforts.

“As many as 4 million animals are euthanized each year in the United States, which is simply unacceptable,” said Michael Schneider, Founder of Pilots to the Rescue. “With these funds from the ASPCA, Pilots to the Rescue will have the ability to enroll volunteer pilots from across the country to fly animals facing an uncertain future to shelters where they can be adopted into loving homes. In the process, Pilots to the Rescue will spread awareness about this huge problem and save countless lives.”

“Transporting animals from areas of high supply and low demand to areas with low supply and high demand is one of the most straight-forward ways of saving lives,” said Lou Guyton, senior director of community initiatives at the ASPCA. “We are proud to award Pilots to the Rescue with this grant so that they can continue this critical work,”

Pilots to the Rescue utilizes a network of volunteer pilots to relocate at-risk animals to shelters where they have a greater chance of getting adopted. A trained ground crew meets the pilots at each location, assisting with the transport to the receiving shelter, foster, or adoptive home. In this way, animals who might have been overlooked are now more easily adopted into a loving home.

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About Pilots to the Rescue

Pilots to the Rescue’s mission is to save potential pets facing imminent death utilizing an advanced rescue flight system. Enrolling a network of trained pilots, shelters, ground teams and veterinarians, PTTR gives little souls filled with unconditional love a second chance in a furever home.


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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