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Pilot Flies Around the Country Saving Condemned Dogs

Zach Bryson spends his free time hopping around the country to transport condemned canines to rescue groups in style.

Zach Bryson is flying around the country saving dogs from high-kill shelters.
Zach Bryson is flying around the country saving dogs from high-kill shelters.

By Penny Arévalo

Torrance, Calif. – Pilot Zach Bryson is flying around the country on a mission of mercy – saving dogs from high-kill shelters.

In this report from CBS Los Angeles, Bryson shares what motivates him to shuttle four-legged passengers.

“In the U.S., we euthanize about three-to-four million dogs per year,” Bryson told CBS. “There’s actually a lot of homes available for those dogs, if we could just get them here.”

Redondo Beach resident and rescuer Rebecca Chambliss found Bryson and his Bryson Air throughPilots For Paws, which like it sounds, connects pilots with those seeking to place dogs who would otherwise be euthanized into new homes.

“He’s been amazing,” Chambliss said of Bryson’s recent effort to fly nearly a dozen Finnish Lapphunds from a hoarder in Northern California to Los Angeles. She told CBS: “He volunteered not only one, but two planes to fly up and get the dogs and bring them back here.”

Bryson said flying dogs makes the transport much quicker and more bearable – and is often cheaper than arranging ground transportation.

He volunteers his time and fuel, as he jets – OK, maybe jets isn’t the right word – around in his 1979 Grumman Tiger plane.

Bryson just focuses on the dogs. On his Facebook page, he calls what he does “freedom flights.”

Val February 19, 2014 at 02:04 PM
So nice to see a good thing in the news for a change! Someone commented that he would like to see this kind of help focused on people instead of animals. Perhaps you don't understand that by helping these dogs, these dogs in turn benefit many people. As well as many who become family pets and companions; some go on to be search & rescue dogs, service dogs, hospice dogs or work with K9 units. Some dogs have been trained to sniff out anything from bedbugs to cancer! A good many dogs in service for humans were on the short list to be euthanized. We would have missed out on all those talented dogs that were otherwise responsible for benefitting humanity. This is a win-win if I ever saw one!!
Ericus Alanas February 19, 2014 at 02:24 PM
So nice to hear.
AlwaysPO'd February 19, 2014 at 10:51 PM
What a coincidence. My dog is traveling around the country saving condemned pilots.
Reality February 19, 2014 at 11:22 PM
Great story Save the kitties too Meow

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