Puppies Rescued by Air: Home for Good Dog Rescue partnered with Pilots N Paws to rescue 17 puppies by bringing them to New Jersey on Friday, Feb. 15 where they would begin new lives

Seventeen puppies got a new lease on life when they touched down at Morristown Municipal Airport Friday afternoon, thanks to the efforts of nonprofit organizations Home for Good Dog Rescue and Pilots N Paws.

Based in Summit and Berkeley Heights, Home for Good Dog Rescue typically transports dogs from high-kill shelters in Georgia and South Carolina every week by van. This was the second time the organization worked with Pilots N Paws on a life-saving mission by air, said Jackie Bucuk, a Home for Good Dog Rescue spokesperson.

“The last transport on the plane we only had four on it. So we’re excited to have more dogs this time,” Bucuk said. “They’re a great organization that connects pilots with rescues and they pay for everything.”

During the week of Jan. 14, Bucuk said, Home for Good Dogs Rescue members visited open-admission facilities in Georgia and South Carolina and picked 100 dogs for transport to New Jersey. The dogs stayed with foster families in those states until they could make the next leg of the trip.

The mission of Home for Good Dogs Rescue “is to save dogs from euthanasia at high-kill shelters and provide them with a warm, loving home for good,” according to its website. Started in 2010, the organization doesn’t have a physical shelter, but rescued dogs are groomed and microchipped before its network of 70 foster families takes them until they find permanent homes.

“Our dogs become very adoptable because our fosters are really good at teaching them things,” Bucuk said. “It’s nice for the dogs. They came from a bad situation and we don’t like to leave them in a cage. It’s nicer to be with a family, so it’s great.”

The puppies, which departed from Rock Hill, S.C., and arrived at the airport Friday, included a litter of 13 that had been found abandoned in Aiken, S.C., and 6-month-old Collie-mix named Madison whose time was up at a shelter in Georgia, Bucuk said.

Pilots Nick O’Connell and Oneil Jones, both of Williamsburg, Va., landed the plane about 3:30 p.m.

“Once you do this, you can’t stop doing it,” O’Connell said, handing a puppy to a volunteer.

iPhone video by Leslie Ruse

Responses to "Puppies flown from kill shelters to rescue group in North Jersey (Video)"

  1. Lilo says:

    Thank you rescuers! It's so wonderful to see that there are still a lot of human beings that have a big heart for animals. ♥

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thank you rescuers!!!! It's so great & wonderful to see that there's still people who still have love,feelings & a huge heart for animals!!!!! <3 <3 <3 <3

  3. Anonymous says:

    I am an animal lover and it has made me cry with joy. I get very emotional on storys like and to see how happy they are.Think you rescuers are wonderful may you carry on the good work.I have rescued 6 cats and love them to bits.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Thank you to all the volunteers and those that orchestrated this rescue...Wish more people would understand the beauty and tenderness of animals...Many blessings to the people involved in this rescue and to others that work to protect of fellow animals!

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