When were you founded?
We were founded: June 15, 2012. We are a 100% Canadian founded and run organization. If you’re looking for information on Pilots ‘N Paws US please click here.
Are you a registered Charity?
Yes we are. Here’s our registered charity number: 808636088RR0001
What do our flights cost Canadian Rescues and Shelter Organizations?
Short haul flights are usually free of charge; these flights support the work these groups do every day getting new homes for animals in their care. For longer haul flights we depend on our PETSCORT program where passengers on commercial flights allow us to add a rescue animal on their ticket, thereby providing a reduced cost for the rescue groups.
How do we afford this?
For shorter flights we rely on a network of volunteer pilots. These pilots donate their time for flying these animals. They also pay for all hangar fees, airplane maintenance, and insurance out of their own pocket. Fuel is covered/partially covered by our Fuel fund. The Fuel Fund Program helps get more pilots flying the extraordinary flights of greater distances and complexities by receiving some help with their fuel costs. Flights can cost anywhere from $600 to several thousand dollars (depending on distance).
When long haul flights are required we rely on our PETSCORT volunteers travelling on commercial airlines on business or pleasure. There is a cost to this from the airlines that is covered by the rescue groups.
How do we make this happen?
In a word – volunteers. We rely heavily on our volunteer pilots to transport the animals however there’s so much more to the story. Our volunteers manage our online forums where rescue groups across Canada let us know of their needs. We have Transport Coordinators who then work with our Pilots to arrange transport.
Most groups do not have the money to transport by air. Ground transportation is stressful, takes much longer with usually a lot of different people and different cars/trucks involved. We take care of vetting the groups and animals prior to asking the pilots for help, we coordinate the whole trip taking the hassles for the organizations in finding volunteers, setting up legs of relays etc.
What kind of animals have we flown?
While we mostly fly dogs and some cats we have a steady flow of requests to help with a variety of wildlife including snowy owls, great horned owls, endangered Chimney Swifts, 14 lb snapping turtles, chinchillas and more.
Where have you flown?
The furthest north we’ve flown so far has been Alaska; furthest East has been Happy Valley Goose Bay in Newfoundland: and the furthest west we’ve been is Vancouver Island.
How many pilots volunteer with you?
We have a network of over 230 pilots across Canada.
How many organizations do you work with?
We have over 195 rescue organizations registered on our Forums and 5 rescue groups dedicated to wildlife.