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Rescue dog takes flight for a new home

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    Helen waits for her flight to Oklahoma. Photo by Ana Watson
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    Pilots N Paws volunteer pilot Kenny (left) and his co-pilot prepare to take to the skies with Helen. Photos by Ana Watson
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    Ana Watson provided Helen with a foster home in Texas before she was flown to Wire Fox Terrier Rescue Midwest.

A Bastrop shelter dog started her 2020 with a new home in a new state after taking the flight of her life.

Helen was an older dog at the Bastrop County Animal Shelter (BCAS) with medical issues; according to an unregistered microchip, she was born in 2005. However, Wire Fox Terrier Rescue Midwest was able to take her in and help her. BCAS just needed to get her to a place where the rescue could pick her up, which is where Pilots N Paws came in.

Pilots N Paws is an organization that brings together volunteer pilots to transport animals across the country to get them to shelters or rescue organizations that can take them. Individuals or organizations requesting a flight make a request by posting on the forum on the Pilots N Paws website. If a pilot is able to make the trip, they reply to the requester’s post to volunteer for the flight.

“All of the pilots on this forum volunteer their time and their resources and fuel, as pricey as that is, to get these animals to safety,” BCAS rescue coordinator Wendy Ballard said.

“A lot of these travels are really far. It saves time for a plane to do the travel, especially if it’s clear across the United States.”

Ballard was first introduced to Pilots N Paws through a fellow rescue friend, who helped her navigate the website and forums. This was the latest of several flights that Pilots N Paws volunteer pilots have taken for BCAS animals, Ballard said; BCAS is currently planning another flight to North Carolina.

During her flight on December 30, Helen traveled from central Texas to Oklahoma City to a volunteer with Wire Fox Terrier Rescue Midwest, who would take her the rest of the way.

“We just needed to get to a certain spot that was good for the rescue to transport her the rest of the way,” Ballard said.

Other than some medical issues due to her age, Helen was found to be negative for heart-worms and just needed some grooming and dental care. Wire Fox Terrier Rescue Midwest are now taking care of all of her medical care, such as testing an internal growth for cancer, which is the only major problem that came up when the rescue examined her. According to a post on the wire fox terrier rescue’s Facebook page, Helen, now named Greta, has been improving in health now that she has settled in to her new foster home.