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.