An army veteran learns how to fly, buys an airplane and flies across America to save more than 1,500 animals from shelters

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A man buys a plane to rescue stray dogs!

In the spring of 2013, network engineer and army veteran Paul Steklenski decided to get his pilot’s license and get a dog.

An army veteran learns how to fly, buys an airplane and flies across America to save more than 1,500 animals from shelters

After visiting the shelter, Steklenski not only met a new member of his family, but also learned about the people who rescue abandoned and stray dogs every day.

Steklenski also decided to save the dogs. In 2015, he formed Flying Fur Animal Rescue and rented planes in Pennsylvania.

Despite the enormous costs (about $ 25,000 over the past two years), Steklenski brings 15-20 urgently needed animals to the shelter a day, and he is happy that he can be useful.

An army veteran learns how to fly, buys an airplane and flies across America to save more than 1,500 animals from shelters

Now, thanks to volunteers and donations, Steklenski managed to buy himself an airplane.

Steklenski lives for animals. And his photos with the rescued dog next to him always reflect the joy of the flight.

But the flight with Emma was especially memorable.

An army veteran learns how to fly, buys an airplane and flies across America to save more than 1,500 animals from shelters

The airspace over New York is one of the most crowded in the world, so private jets hardly fly here.

But this time Steklenski flew here with Emma.

“Imagine: a 14-year-old dog, who barely survived, could see the whole of New York… She did not have medical care, proper attention all her life, and now she is sitting on a plane!”

An army veteran learns how to fly, buys an airplane and flies across America to save more than 1,500 animals from shelters

When Emma got off the plane, she was taken to the vet.

“She suffered for so many years,” Nicole Brooke said.

But despite everything she went through, Emma finally got a chance to show who she really is. “She’s hungry for love,” Brooke said.

An army veteran learns how to fly, buys an airplane and flies across America to save more than 1,500 animals from shelters

“Paul provides us with a vital opportunity to transport dogs from North Carolina to Westchester, New York,” Brooke said.

“Without his services, it would be difficult for us to save the dogs from there.”

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