IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PILOTS ON HOW TO JOIN
There are a few questions to answer - your airport ID, if you are a pilot, would you temp foster an animal, etc. . An automatic authorization will be sent to your email, just reply to it. That should get you registered. Once you are registered just head back to the forum and click on "Info for Pilots". Make sure you are logged in (upper right hand corner) and scroll down to the Pilots Volunteering Services section. Open that, click on NEW TOPIC (since you are posting a new message) and include your location, airport ID in the subject line, and any contact information you would like in the message. Click submit and you are listed.
Pilots N Paws is totally self-run. No one schedules your transports or pressures you in any way. The pilots have total control over who they reply to and the choice of days, times, number of animals, kinds of animals, distance, weather, etc. We ask that the pilots check the Animals Needing Transport part of the forum board whenever time allows. If you see a request you can assist with then contact the rescue volunteer directly and the two of you work together to get the animals where they need to go.
On our homepage, there is also a search tool for pilots to use to narrow down the requested transport flights that may be in your flight path. Just open the link and enter the info requested (airport ID and distance) and the requests will come up. This saves you from scrolling through an average of 12 page or requests on the transport section of the forum board. Some of the requests may be out of date, we do our best to move them, but unfortunately not everyone that makes a request remembers to come back and say complete, cancel, no longer needed, adopted, etc. so you may see some requests on that search list that are in fact, no longer needed. It is important for pilots to keep in mind that rescue volunteers are not used to using air transport, they have only had ground transport available until now. You may have to educate them a little about the restrictions you face such as weather that may in fact postpone a transport. Most are very good about accommodating the pilots with regards to meeting you at your airport of choice.
There are no fees charged to rescues for these flights. Under part 91, monetary compensation is NOT allowed. However, Pilots N Paws ( www. pilotsnpaws . org, inc ) is a 501c3 charitable organization and we have received a letter from the FAA councils office which states that these flights are considered by them to be "humanitarian". Any pilot who flies a rescue flight is therefore eligible to claim portions of their flight as a tax deduction. The FAA letter can be found on our forum board should you need clarification. Please consult your tax advisor for how this can apply to you.
I also have crates available to UPS to you should you need them. Some pilots already have thier own or find the ones that best suit the size area of their plane. The larger dogs are often transported with a doggie safety harness and tethered to the backseat.
Please do take a few minutes to read the suggested guidelines and familiarize yourself with how things work. It takes a little time to surf through all the information and if you have questions, please ask. Other pilots and members are very generous about helping, advising, and cheering
If you have any questions, please feel free to send us an email anytime. Thank you so much for caring and coming on board to make a difference!