Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Frannie was just six weeks old when someone dumped her off at the Pet Health veterinarian office in Sunnyside.
"Someone left her by a fire hydrant," said Sarah Bull, an assistant at the vet clinic.
Frannie, a pit bull-mix, has come a long way in the month or so since then, and yesterday she traveled by plane to her new home on Camano Island.
Tuesday's take-off from the Sunnyside Airport was made possible by a national organization called Pilots N Paws, which matches volunteer pilots with rescue animals needing transport.
Rebecca Roberts is a local resident who contacted Pilots N Paws because no area shelter would take Frannie with her pit bull mix.
"It's sad that there's a stigma attached to pit bulls. I don't know what all (breeding) she is, but I know she's deserving of a good home," Roberts said.
Roberts found a Camano Island shelter that would take Frannie, a friendly brown pup with white paws and a white-tipped tail.
That led to a contact with Pilots N Paws.
Roberts says this is the second dog this year that she has helped literally fly away home thanks to Pilots N Paws.
For volunteer pilot Bruce Williams of Seattle, flying Frannie is a pleasure. The Pilots N Paws flyer just a week ago took an abandoned pup from Boise, Idaho to a shelter in Oregon.
He noted FAA standards require at least three take-offs and landings every 90 days in order for him to stay current as a pilot and flight instructor.
Pilots, he smiles, often joke about "$100 lunches," flying somewhere for a burger to help meet the take-off and landing requirement.
He says meeting those requirements with a needy animal in tow is much more rewarding.
"I love dogs and cats and I might as well do some good in the process," Williams said.