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Pilots transport rescue dogs from Panhandle to SWFL

March 14, 2014
Special to the Reporter ( , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

The Gulf Coast Humane Society received dogs transported by Pilots N Paws on March 1.

Six dogs were transported to Page Field Airport from the Florida Panhandle to be rescued by GCHS.

The program Pilots N Paws was founded in 2008 by animal lover Debi Boies and pilot Jon Wehrenberg when he agreed to help Boies by flying a rescued Doberman from Florida to South Carolina, to save the dog's life.

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Jennifer Galloway, executive director of the Gulf Coast Humane Society, poses with one of the dogs transported by Pilots N Paws. PHOTO PROVIDED.

The first trip was a success and the two brainstormed on how to rescue other animals. Spay/Neuter campaigns in parts of the country were working, while in others parts, primarily in the south, pet overpopulation was still a huge problem. There had to be a way to turn a problem into a solution? Former pets were dying needlessly. They needed transport.

It all became a reality when the website,, was launched to provide a location where private pilots could provide free transport, and people and organizations who rescue, shelter, or foster animals could connect to save lives. Today the organization has 3,168 pilot volunteers and 10,551 volunteers.

For more information about Gulf Coast Humane Society or the dogs being transported, call 332-0364 or email GCHS is located at 2010 Arcadia Street in Fort Myers.



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