An army vet learns to fly, buys a plane and flies across America to rescue more than 1,500 animals from orphanages

A man buys a plane to rescue stray dogs!

In the spring of 2013, network engineer and army veteran Paul Steklenski decided to get a pilot’s license and get a dog.

An army veteran learns how to fly, buys an airplane and flies across America to save more than 1,500 animals from shelters

After visiting the orphanage, Steklenski not only met a new member of his family but also learned about the people who save abandoned and homeless dogs every day.

Steklenski also decided to save the dogs. In 2015, he founded Flying Fur Animal Rescue and leased planes in Pennsylvania.

Despite the huge costs (about $25,000 over the past two years), Steklinski brings 15-20 urgently needed animals to the shelter per day, and he is happy that he can be useful.

An army veteran learns how to fly, buys an airplane and flies across America to save more than 1,500 animals from shelters

Thanks to volunteers and donations, Steklenski was able to buy himself a plane.

Steklenski lives for animals. And his photos with the rescued dogs next to him always reflect the joy of flying.

But the flight with Emma was especially memorable.

An army veteran learns how to fly, buys an airplane and flies across America to save more than 1,500 animals from shelters

The airspace over New York is one of the most crowded in the world, so private planes barely fly here.

But this time Steklensky flew here with Emma.

«Imagine: a 14-year-old dog who barely survived could see the whole of New York… She hasn’t had medical care, proper attention all her life, and now she’s sitting on a plane!»

An army veteran learns how to fly, buys an airplane and flies across America to save more than 1,500 animals from shelters

When Emma got off the plane, she was taken to the vet.

«She suffered so much for so many years,» said Nicole Brooke.

But despite everything she’s been through, Emma finally got a chance to show her who she is. «She wants love,» said Brooke.

An army veteran learns how to fly, buys an airplane and flies across America to save more than 1,500 animals from shelters

«Paul gives us a vital opportunity to transport dogs from North Carolina to Westchester, New York,» Brooke said.

«Without his services, it will be difficult for us to rescue the dogs from there.»

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