Professor Flies Unwanted Dogs to New Homes

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George Mason University professor and pilot Michael F. Young touched down in Manassas earlier this month with precious cargo: eight dogs spared from euthanasia.

This weekend he’ll take to the skies again, transporting dogs from kill shelters to the waiting arms of those determined to save them. It’s a labor of love for Young, who has been flying since he was in college. He sets up a makeshift kennel in his plane with cardboard and blankets, and often employs volunteers to comfort the dogs in-flight.

Young’s largest haul was one that required removal of the plane’s back seats when he transported 17 puppies to new homes. Just last month, Young helped coordinate a massive rescue effort when 40 planes moved 172 dogs.

It’s a lot of work, but the rewards are well worth the effort: see Lilly getting the hug of a lifetime from Lisa in the video below. Lilly was a last minute addition to a flight, and would have lost her life had another dog not had to cancel.

5 thoughts on “Professor Flies Unwanted Dogs to New Homes”

  1. Mr. Young you and your fellow pilots and the volunteers who help with this effort deserve a special place in Heaven. To think that all of those little dogs have good lives now is wonderful! Keep up the good work and may you all have only TREATS this Halloween! Unless it is the cute tricks that some of these little dogs can do!

  2. I have to wonder though… are there no dogs that need to be rescued in the areas where these families are located? It’s great that they are bringing them into other areas… but are there dogs dying because “their” home was taken by someone else?

  3. Laurna, I don’t know specifically about where he brought the dogs to but I know the south has more dogs that need homes then the northeast so bringing them north finds them homes. Even the nationally known rescue league in my area has brought dogs from the south when they haven’t had all their cages filled. Another example was when Calif had way too many “pocket book” dogs and they were transported to other parts of the country where they weren’t any. Hope that helps.


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