Pilots and Paws Helps Pets Get a Second Chance

By: Megan Johnson Email
By: Megan Johnson Email

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Central Nebraska Humane Society

Rocky Mountain Cocker Rescue

Pilots and Paws

Willow is an energetic eight-month-old Cocker Spaniel.

"She's deceiving, she's cuter than everything, everybody just wants to go up and hug her because she looks like a teddy bear, but if you're not careful she could hurt somebody," says Robyn Mays, Associate Director of the Central Nebraska Humane Society.

Mays says Willow was surrendered to them because she was biting her family's small children. It was a behavioral issue they weren't able to conquer at their facility, so they started looking for alternatives.

"We try our best to find safety for them whether it's breed specific rescue or a rescue that can handle those types of issues," says Mays.

Mays says Willow got lucky when a Cocker Spaniel rescue in Colorado said they had a spot for her. But getting her to the Rocky Mountain Cocker Rescue was going to be a challenge.

"We thought with her behavioral issues it would be a lot easier if we had a pilot that could take her instead of a ground transport," says Mays. "We posted on Pilots and Paws' website and we had a pilot willing to give her a shot."

So on a chilly December night they head for the airport to meet Tommy and Stirling, two private pilots from Colorado, who donate their time and plane to take Willow on her new journey.

"Tommy and I are just looking for a way to merge our passion with helping out people and animals, so Tommy found a website where Pilots and Paws missions are announced and we found this mission," says Stirling Olson.

Mays says that when they can't get a dog into an adopting home, getting them out of the shelter and into a foster home is the next best thing.

"We're full so let's find them a safe spot to land," says Mays.

And for Willow that starts when she lands in Colorado.


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