Engine Repair needed to save more Rescue Pets!

The Turbocharger and Engine Supports on our left engine needs to be replaced so we can continue to save lives from coast to coast. 

At the end of our last rescue flight (flying 48 homeless dogs from Texas to New Hampshire), we found that the turbocharger on our left engine needed to be completely replaced.  As we dug into the repair efforts, we also discovered that one of the engine supports for the left engine on our aircraft was badly corroded and needed to be replaced as well. This is a huge job that will take about 100 hours of labor. Fortunately we have an excellent aircraft mechanic, we also have secured discounts on the parts that we need, but they are still very expensive and require a lot of effort. Our founder Ted has been getting his hands dirty working on the airplane as much as he can to keep the repair costs to a minimum.

Cloud Nine has a goal of performing 25 transports per year, having the capability to potentially save over 1,000 animals. We have some excellent partners in rescue who do a great job of coordinating senders and receivers, and this is a very achievable goal. However, every week we are down is a week we can not fly.  If we can't fly, we can't save these lives.  If we can't save them, usually nobody else can, either.  Rescue flights are often the very last effort before an animal is given up on.  

The stories of the animals we save are as individual as the dogs themselves. Many times litters of stray puppies are brought in to a local shelter. Without transport, these puppies don't have a chance and are often killed within 24 hours of arrival. We have saved "bait dogs", used by illegal dog fighting rings to train their fighting dogs. These "bait dogs" have their snouts duct taped shut so they can't fight back. We have flown litters of beagles recovered from an animal testing lab that was shut down for inhumane treatment, including washing their cages with bleach while the dogs were still in the cages. Thanks to Cloud Nine's transport, these wonderful dogs got to play with each other and roll around in the grass for the first time in their lives. We flew 52 cats from Joplin after the tornado in 2011, the last animals who were left homeless by this disaster.

In the midst of this work, Cloud Nine has our next transport planned already for mid-July for a plane load of wonderful dogs from Memphis to Roanoke, but we need your help to save these lives and the many others. Please help us get back to our mission of saving lives from coast to coast.


  • We want to send a HUGE  THANK YOU  to Northern Illinois Air Show for sending us a check for $1,351.00 to pay off our outstanding bills for repairing our engine! we feel truly blessed. Thank you so very much! 

    November 08, 2017

  • Our Aircraft is finally up and running!  We just took a test flight at 19,000 feet, and everything checked out!  We are officially back in business!  Please check out our latest videos for a live look above the clouds!  

    Cloud Nine Rescue Flights is beyond eager to start saving pets again!  We couldn't have done it without the ongoing support and generous gifts/donations from all of you.  

    Please continue to help us reach our WISH amount.  We are so close, yet still really needing your help.   

    July 28, 2017

  • We haven't seen this in a while! Our engine is back on the plane!

    Airplane noises will be coming soon. We're excited!

    July 17, 2017

  • We are excited to announce that when we started our campaign with poundWISHES, we had a $15,000 wish amount.  We have been given some really amazing donations and were able to drop our goal to $6,500.00

    We have raised over 60% of our WISH amount, and over 80% of our original goal, thanks to everyone who has donated parts and gifts.  

    With only $2,500 left to go, we know that we can get our aircraft back in the air sooner than later, but we still need your help.  We ask that you please share our campaign, no donation is ever too small and every donation is appreciated from the bottom of our hearts.  We are excited to start saving rescue pets again and finding our furry friends their forever homes. 

    July 06, 2017

  • We received a generous donation of a Volvo XC90, which we were able to sell to raise money towards our goal. We are now able to reduce our goal from $13,500 to $6,500

    Thank you for all of the kind Donations!  We are getting so close to reaching our goal!  Please continue to help us, so that we can continue helping as many Rescue Pets as possible! 

    July 05, 2017

  • Spare parts have been sold!!

    While we have been working on our Aircraft maintenance, and adding in new parts, we have been able to eliminate some old parts that we no longer use or need.  Cloud Nine Rescue Flights has sold those parts to another Pilot who really needed those same parts, and we are happy to say that we can now lower our final wish to $13,500.00  instead of $15,000.00.  Not mention, our newer parts are lighter and more efficient ... Do you know what that means?!  For each Rescue Flight that we do, we can carry more pets to safety on each trip! 

    We are working hard to get our Aircraft back in the air, and we would really like to complete our Rescue at the end of July.   No donation is too small, all donations are appreciated more than you will ever know.  At Cloud Nine Rescue Flights, our hearts go out to the pets we save, and we know the pets are depending on us to save them.  Please help us make that happen!  It's almost the 4th of July!  Let Freedom Ring! We still need your help to get this Freedom Flight done! 

    June 28, 2017

  • RAM Aircraft has generously donated the exhaust components we needed for this work to be completed. 

    We are very excited and pleased to say that RAM Aircraft has helped us tremendously.  The parts that they are donating are going to help us piece everything together.  The funds we are raising are for labor hours and all of the major parts that were needed.  Now that we have what we need to get started, who can help us raise what we need to get the work done?!  

    No donation is too small.  Please help us get our Aircraft back in the sky, so we can continue to help rescue pets in need. 

    "My soul is in the sky." -William Shakespear

    June 20, 2017

  • This is a photo of the left  Engine Beam.  You can see that a lot of metal is missing, that is known as  exfoliation corrosion-  the full thickness of aluminum for that sheet is missing, and this is why that beam needs to be replaced.  

    June 19, 2017

  • This is a photo of the area where our engine is supposed to be.  The engine was removed in order to do the beam repair. 

    June 19, 2017