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FoCCAS sends dogs on second rescue flight

FoCCAS volunteers Adura Hudson and Shelly Thomas take a minute with volunteer pilot Christophe Masiero to wish the dogs farewell before they board the aircraft. Photo by Christie Slocum

Friends of the Colleton County Animal Shelter (FoCCAS) have been very busy this summer. One of their newest projects has been connecting with a non- profit group called, Pilots N Paws. Pilots N Paws is made up of volunteer pilots who work together to connect shelters and rescues and fly animals in need. The pilots step up to the plate and fly animals to a place of safety. They are just everyday working people who have a passion to fly and have an equal passion to fly animals to safe havens. The organization was founded in 2008 and has around 5,000 pilots across the country. They are very passionate about coming into areas that are struggling to get the community to spay and neuter their pets, leading to an overabundance of animals. They then take the animals to areas that are looking for animals to adopt. Each pilot volunteers their time and airplane for rescue flights.
It was just last month the group was able to send Bella on the first flight out of Walterboro headed for her forever home in Virginia. This time the group was able to send two young female dogs, Kayla and Kate. The pair was very curious as they arrived at the Lowcountry Regional Airport. They pulled and tugged with excitement as they were able to meet their volunteer pilot, Christophe Masiero, a four-year veteran of the program. He was just as eager to meet his passengers. After they all got to know each other a little bit, Masiero loaded the girls into secure crates inside of his plane. He thanked the FoCCAS volunteers for their hard work and said he simply “punches holes in the sky” to get them to their new destination. These girls were being flown to North Carolina on the first leg of their journey. After ar

Kate meets her pilot before the first leg of her rescue flight. Photo by Christie Slocum.

rival they met the pilot who would take them the rest of the way to Virginia for adoption.
FoCCAS also received a $1,590 donation from Monica Martin of Lodge. Martin wanted to help the animals of Colleton County. She decided to ask Lowcountry businesses for donations and hold a raffle to benefit FoCCAS. For the price of $10 folks purchased a change to win a Yeti Hopper 30 filled with great prizes and gift certificates. Anne Mathis Thomas, volunteer for FoCCAS, pulled the winning ticket that belonged to Charles Valentine of Ruffin.
Fostering, adoptions, rescues, and donations are helping FoCCAS drop the euthanasia rate to percentages not seen for many years. For more information on how to join FoCCAS or to find out what you can do to make a difference, please send them an email at [email protected]

Christie Slocum (368 Posts)