Important Things To Know
- ANGEL’S WINGS will provide transport for rescue animals from the suitable airport closest to your location to the airport nearest your destination through the use of volunteer pilots who fly their own planes. ANGEL’S WINGS volunteers fly general aviation aircraft that are single engine or twin engine. Animals need to be of a size and weight that fits comfortably into a small plane.
- Long transports present special challenges. Transports of over 500 miles require special planning and may require ground transportation for intermediate stops. Many times, the best way to transport an animal is by a combination of ground and air.
- ANGEL’S WINGS will be responsible for the transport of an animal from airport to airport. Responsibility for any ground transportation, overnight fostering or long term fostering is the responsibility of the rescue requesting the transport and must be arranged in advance.
- ANGEL’S WINGS puts the safety of our pilot volunteers above all else. Many factors such as ice, wind, fog, rain, snow, dust, pilot health, family emergencies, and aircraft mechanical problems can cause a flight cancellation.
- Weather conditions along the entire route of flight are considered before the final decision to launch or cancel the flight is made.
- ANGEL’S WINGS will not transport an animal that has been sedated, unless it is a medical transport and the veterinarian has administered the sedative and given specific directions. ANGEL’S WINGS pilots check on how the animal is doing during flight by talking to them, reaching into the kennel to pet them, etc. If the animal is sedated, the reactions of the animal are not normal. Secondly, a sedated animal will not give indications if they are having difficulty.
- At refueling stops, your pet is walked, fed (if needed) and receives water.
ANGEL’S WINGS will do its best to follow any special instructions which are given for the care of the animal in transport. All transports requiring, medical care will be evaluated on an individual basis. ANGEL’S WINGS is not capable of providing in-flight veterinary care. Animals that are under a veterinarians care will need to be evaluated as to whether the transport can be successfully done. In the event of a medical transport, detailed veterinary instructions and / or medication and documentation must accompany injured or ill animals for the duration of the journey to their destination.