Pilots deliver dog to new owner in Grand
October 24, 2013
The first ever air-delivery of a rescue animal to Grand County took place on Oct. 12, to deliver an 11-week old puppy to a Grand County resident from a high-kill shelter in Utah.
His new owners Shea Murphy and Matt Bowen, of the Granby area, named the tri-colored border collie mix puppy Jed and say he is adjusting well to his new home.
"He is still a crazy little puppy," Murphy said. "But at 12 weeks old he is already starting to get house trained."
Jed also has Murphy's 4 year-old son Tucker to chase around the house.
The puppy was flown into Granby through the Pilots N' Paws program, a volunteer based nonprofit organization dedicated to providing air transportation to rescue animals in need.
Mountain Pet Rescue, a local nonprofit that is dedicated to finding homes for pets in need, located the puppy, which was being held at an overcrowded, high-kill shelter in Utah.
Mountain Pet Rescue was formed in 2012 by Sybil Miller, when she saw a need to provide mountain communities with a wider range of options when adopting dogs.
"Everyone up here loves their dogs," Miller said. "But the Granby shelter didn't have that many dogs available for adoption."
The concept for Mountain Pet Rescue originally started to cater to Grand County but has spread to include all of the State of Colorado and even sets up adoptions for out-of-state now.
"We have found homes for around 450 dogs this year," Miller said.
While the rescue organization focuses mainly on helping to find local rescue dogs homes, including dogs at the Granby animal shelter, they occasionally find dogs out-of-state that are very well suited to live in Colorado.
Many other states have a high number of dogs without homes that overcrowd shelters, which then have to euthanize the dogs to create space. Pet lovers cann call Miller at 970-281-7381 to discuss becoming a foster parent or to begin to apply to adopt a pet. They regularly update their Facebook page with dogs they have for adoption. Visit Mountain Pet Rescue's website at mountainpetrescue.org to view adoptable dogs.
Reid Tulley can be reached at 970-887-3334