HAZARD, Ky (WYMT) - Some deserving dogs took flight Monday.
The Kentucky River Regional Animal Shelter is partnering with an organization that flies dogs to new homes in other states.
Paul Bale is a pilot who works with the Pilot for Paws program and said this is a great resource for animals in need.
"Any puppy or kitten could mean the world to somebody. So every single one of them is precious and if you ever hold a newborn puppy or kitten in your hand, it is just you know God's gift to us," said Bale.
Soon, a mother and her seven newborn puppies will take to the skies flying to Knoxville as part of the program.
The organization transports dogs like the ones from the Kentucky River Regional Animal Shelter to new homes by plane.
"Instead of a 24 hour ground transport, you know, they are back in a hot trailer, they can ride in three different airplanes and be there in six hours," said Bale.
Bale said it is fun to do but highlights a bigger problem.
"We domesticate them and kind of make them dependent on us. It is really our responsibility to take care of them so that we do not have any unwanted puppies," said Bale.
Tammy Noble is the board chair for the animal shelter and said this program offers new hope for their animals.
"This is another tool that is out there that we have been fortunate enough to be a part of," said Noble.
The puppies will stay in Knoxville under the care of an organization called Homeward Bound until they are at least eight weeks old.
After that, they will fly to New York and meet their new owners.