A soldier saved more than 1,500 animals
For the benefit of stray animals, an Army veteran took flying lessons, paid $65,000 for an airplane, and then started saving „furry companions“ that were due to be put to death across the nation.
A 45-year-old soldier from Pennsylvania, Pa. named Peter Steklenski has always had a deep love for animals and wants to do something to preserve them.
At this point, Paul decided to focus his efforts on assisting those from orphanages.
A few years ago, the compassionate man took Tessa, a lonely puppy, from the neighborhood animal shelter.
He was moved by the idea that so many of these helpless animals were about to be put to death and promised to save as many dogs or cats as he could.
The soldier established Flying Fur Animal Sanctuary in May 2015 with the goal of saving „live creatures, one recovery flight at a time.“
Since then, he has used his own aircraft to transport more than 1,500 animals from groups around the United States to safety.
Paul said, „When I first started soaring, I thought about giving up since I didn’t really think I could use it.“
„It was upsetting to see the animals in the refuge.“
My heart ached at the thought of having to put to sleep so many creatures due to their confinement in one place.
When Paul observes those creatures in suffering, he admits to getting down, but when he heals them and witnesses their happiness, he feels alive.
The Army veteran stated, „It’s a very emotional profession, but it’s incredibly satisfying.
I realized that I might maybe help by going down there, getting them, and taking them to other shelters.