On a sunny Tuesday in January, Pilots to the Rescue Top Dog Pilot Michael Schneider took off headed for North Carolina to pick up a dozen deserving canines in need of help. He was accompanied on this trip by former American Idol contestant and Tony nominee Constantine Maroulis. In North Carolina, Michael and Constantine met up with Maverick Rescue & Transport to pick up their passengers – all homeless with few options – for the 2-1/2 hour flight to safety in New Jersey with representatives from A New Chance Animal Rescue.

Of the 12 passengers, Izzy, Genevia, Berlin, Lisbon, Vienna, Dublin, Kiev, Oslo, and Tallinn have all been adopted and are already living life to the fullest with their new families. But George, Rosie, and Sadie still need someone to love. If you’re in the New York area, won’t you consider opening your home to one of these adorable pups?
  • George (left) is the cutest 10 week old All American blend – part Golden, part Shar Pei and part Pit. He is intelligent, eager to please and a quick learner. George’s sister has already been adopted, and George is waiting his turn. Find out more about George on the A New Chance website.
  • Rosie (center) is an adorable 8 month old Terrier mix. Rosie suffered terribly with “puppy mange” and severe secondary skin infections from being left untreated. She is healing nicely, almost finished her medication and her fur is growing in beautifully. Rosie is available for adoption, too.
  • Sadie (right) is a 2 year old, badly underweight and malnourished hound mix. A New Chance reports that her appetite is good and she is currently eating three meals a day in her foster home. She has already gained 8 lbs! Sadie is available for adoption. Find out more from the A New Chance website.
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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