BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — After surviving both the loss of his left eye and an emergency surgery, a rescue dog named Blink arrived in New Jersey by plane this week as part of a mission flown by FlyPups, Inc. He and 18 others rescued by Home for Good Dog Rescue landed in Sky Manor Airport in Pittstown, N.J. on July 22 to begin the search for permanent homes.

“I love flying. I love dogs, and to combine those two passions is really just a great thing,” Matthew Kiener. Founder, Chairman, and Chief Volunteer Pilot of Flypups, Inc., said.

For nearly four years, Kiener and his New Jersey-based organization have flown air missions transporting animals from high-kill shelters in the south to non-kill organizations in the north.

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This week, Kiener flew dog food, toys, and other supplies to Home for Good’s properties in Aiken, S.C., which will one day become the site of the organization’s ALMOST HOME WELLNESS CENTER, a specialized facility dedicated to preparing rescue dogs for the long journey north. Kiener then loaded the dogs onto his personal plane and departed again for New Jersey Wednesday morning.

And according to Kiener, the six-hour round trip may have taken up to 24 hours via truck.

“The dogs are healthy. They’re fit for travel, but they’re fragile,” he remarked. “They’ve been through a lot, and sometimes long ground transports can take a lot out of them.”

This week’s mission was merely one in a long line Kiener has flown for Home for Good Dog Rescue, whose mission is to rescue dogs from high kill shelters in Georgia and South Carolina

Onboard this week’s flight was Blink, a Cocker Spaniel puppy rescuers first found living alone in a dump earlier this month.

At the time of his rescue, Blink was covered in fleas and surviving off scraps. Due to an unknown injury, his left eye was hanging painfully from its open socket.

However, following an emergency surgery and a miraculous recovery, he safely made his journey north this week.  ­­After their arrival, all 19 dogs traveled to the offices of Home for Good Dog Rescue in Berkeley Heights for a bath and medical evaluation. They then entered the homes of the organization’s foster families, with whom they will live as they await adoption.

For more information on Home for Good Dog Rescue, to see available dogs, or to apply for adoption, visit www.HomeforGoodDogs.org. To learn more about FlyPups, Inc. and its mission, visit www.FlyPups.com.

Home for Good Dog Rescue (HFGDR) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization headquartered in Summit with offices in Berkeley Heights, NJ. We rescue dogs from high-kill shelters in the South, transport them to our rescue, and give them a second chance at life. As a 100 percent foster-based rescue, we place each dog in a loving foster home until adoption. Since our inception in 2010, we have rescued more than 3,600 dogs and given them loving homes for good. To inquire about fostering, adopting or making a donation to help the HFGDR organization, visit our website at www.HomeforGoodDogs.org and on Facebook www.facebook.com/HomeForGoodDogRescue.