BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Two Garden State organizations have teamed up to airlift 19 dogs from high-kill shelters in the southern United States, bringing them to New Jersey, and beginning their journey to new homes and a second chance at life.
Summit-headquartered Home for Good Dog Rescue, with offices and in Berkeley Heights, and Pottersville-based FlyPups, Inc., joined together to bring the dogs from Aiken, SC, to an eventual safe landing at Sky Manor Airport in Pittstown, NJ.
After their arrival, all 19 dogs traveled to the offices of Home for Good Dog Rescue 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.
Onboard the 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.
For nearly four years, FlyPups, Inc., Founder, Chairman, and Chief Volunteer Pilot Matthew 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. “I love flying. I love dogs, and to combine those two passions is really just a great thing,” said Kiener.
On the trip down to South Carolina, Kiener flew dog food, toys, and other supplies to Home for Good’s properties in Aiken, 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 the following 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. They’ve been through a lot, and sometimes long ground transports can take a lot out of them.”
Home for Good Dog Rescue (HFGDR) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is a 100 percent foster-based rescue, placing each dog in a loving foster home until adoption. Since their inception in 2010, they have rescued more than 3,600 dogs and given them loving homes for good.
To inquire about fostering, adopting or making a donation to HFGDR, visit HomeforGoodDogs.org
, and for more information about FlyPups, Inc. and its mission, visit FlyPups.org