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Sullivan Dog Soars to New Home

Boone the golden retriever took the ride of his life Sunday morning. Flying all the way from Sullivan, Indiana to a brand new home in Minnesota. Just a few weeks ago, Boone was dropped off at the Humane Society of Sullivan County, and officials knew they didn't have the resources to take care of him.
It was moving day for one Valley golden retriever, and thanks to one organization he got to travel in style.
 
Paws N pilots is a non profit that help transport animals all over the country, and on Sunday it was Boone's turn to fly.

"It's Boone's lucky day," said Miranda Hay of the Humane Society of Sullivan County.

Boone the golden retriever took the ride of his life Sunday morning.
   
Flying all the way from Sullivan, Indiana to a brand new home in Minnesota.

Just a few weeks ago, Boone was dropped off at the Humane Society of Sullivan County, and officials  knew they didn't have the resources to take care of him.

"He came to us just very under socialized and really wasn't a great adoption candidate, so we reach out to try to find a rescue that can give him the attention he needs, the training that he needed," said Hay.

A rescue in Minnesota fits that bill, but volunteers couldn't make the 10 1/2 hour drive there.
   
So that's where Paws N Pilots stepped in.

"Being able to put them on an airplane there and get him there in just a few hours also cuts down on his stress level though it's just a win-win for everybody," said Hay.

Pilots volunteer their time, planes, and gas to fly animals in need anywhere that can help.

"Whenever you get a chance to put your passions together it's just an awesome experience. I'm passionate about flying, I'm passionate about dogs when you come in when you get to combine the two it's definitely something that is just awesome and a great experience," said pilot Ali Taghipour.

Not only helping to get animals to their destination, but saving lives in the process.

"There is a home or family or shelter that wants them and the only limiting factor is the transport. So if you can donate your time, your car, your plane, whatever you can, why not?" asked Taghipour.

Because even one life lost, is one too many.

"Boone is just one dog but we got the whole organization with the Humane Society of Sullivan County, the rescue in Minnesota, and his whole organization of pilots working for just one dog. So it's pretty amazing that these people have enough passion to help an animal in need," said Hay.

This was Ali's first trip piloting a plane for Paws N Pilots.
   
He took Boone of the first leg of his journey, to Rockford, Illinois, and another pilot picked him up there and finished the trip to Minnesota.

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