Joseph Radford has helped pet rescue groups save unwanted pets. For years, he could be seen flying his self-build pride and joy, a RV6 Kit Built, cherry red airplane with a lucky dog by his side, harnessed in specially designed seatbelts in his co-pilot seat, headed for better prospects of being adopted into some loving home.
Now Radford and his plane cannot be found.
47-year-old Joseph Radford, of Glendale, California was last seen on Friday March 11th. at the Grand Canyon Airport where he refueled his aircraft and took off. It is not known if he was on a Pilots N Paws rescue mission or not.
The only hint of his where-abouts came from another pilot flying over the canyon who called in about detecting an emergency locator transmitter about 30 miles northwest of the Grand Canyon Village in a remote region of the park.
The National Park Service immediately launched a search and rescue operation souring over 600 square miles ot the extermely rugged backcountry. To date, no hints of wreckage, pilot or pups have been found.
We can only hope and pray that Joseph will be found, alive and well very soon. We, and dogs need him. And we need more caring people like him. To learn about just such a caring local Pilots N Paws volunteer, please view the embedded KGO TV 7 newscast video.
More on local and national Plots N Paws involvement.
Pilots N Paws is a volunteer organization of independent pilots to use their own time, money and personal aircraft to transport adoptable dogs to areas where they have a better chance of getting a home. Founded in 2008, hundreds of flights have been scheduled, delivering dogs from shelters that cannot cope with overcrowding, to shelters around the country where they have a better chance of being adopted. Shelters and Dog Foster Parents hook up with these pilots who own airplanes so that they can coordinate transports.
Pilots N Paws have airlifted many animals from the horribly overcrowded Bay Area shelters, including a several special Chihauhau lifts from San Jose and a more recent operation for the San Francisco Shelter. The highly succesful 2009 Pilots N Paws 5000 operation carried 5000 dogs from the Bay Area to awaiting shelters around the country, many of which already had ready, waiting and eger adopters. Other rescue operations included a coordinated airlift from the continuing disaster following Katrina. Read More on > Gulf Coast Rescue,
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