Army Veteran Flies To Save Dogs From Euthanization | NBC Nightly News


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“THOSE WHO SERVE.”
THIS IS NO ORDINARY “THOSE WHO SERVE.” THIS IS NO ORDINARY ADOPTION STORY. THIS IS NO ORDINARY ADOPTION STORY. THESE PUPS JUST FLEW ADOPTION STORY. THESE PUPS JUST FLEW 400 MILES FROM NORTH THESE PUPS JUST FLEW 400 MILES FROM NORTH CAROLINA TO NEW 400 MILES FROM NORTH CAROLINA TO NEW JERSEY, GETTING A CAROLINA TO NEW JERSEY, GETTING A TICKET TO A BETTER JERSEY, GETTING A TICKET TO A BETTER FUTURE. TICKET TO A BETTER FUTURE. MEET PAUL STEKLENSKI, FUTURE. MEET PAUL STEKLENSKI, THE CAPTAIN OF FLYING MEET PAUL STEKLENSKI, THE CAPTAIN OF FLYING FUR I. THE CAPTAIN OF FLYING FUR I.>>WHEN I COMPLETED MY FUR I.>>WHEN I COMPLETED MY AIRMAN CERTIFICATE I>>WHEN I COMPLETED MY AIRMAN CERTIFICATE I HAD AN ABILITY TO MAKE AIRMAN CERTIFICATE I HAD AN ABILITY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN A HAD AN ABILITY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME. A DIFFERENCE IN A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME.>>Reporter: HE GOT SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME.>>Reporter: HE GOT THE IDEA FOR FLYING>>Reporter: HE GOT THE IDEA FOR FLYING FUR ANIMAL RESCUE THE IDEA FOR FLYING FUR ANIMAL RESCUE AFTER ADOPTING HIS OWN FUR ANIMAL RESCUE AFTER ADOPTING HIS OWN DOG WHO TRAVELED TO AFTER ADOPTING HIS OWN DOG WHO TRAVELED TO TENNESSEE ON A DOG WHO TRAVELED TO TENNESSEE ON A PERILOUS JOURNEY. TENNESSEE ON A PERILOUS JOURNEY.>>THERE ARE PERILOUS JOURNEY.>>THERE ARE VOLUNTEERS EVERYWHERE>>THERE ARE VOLUNTEERS EVERYWHERE THAT WORK TIRELESSLY VOLUNTEERS EVERYWHERE THAT WORK TIRELESSLY TO HELP SHELTERS THAT WORK TIRELESSLY TO HELP SHELTERS FOSTER THEM AND TO HELP SHELTERS FOSTER THEM AND NETWORK WITH RESCUES, FOSTER THEM AND NETWORK WITH RESCUES, NO KILL RESCUES. NETWORK WITH RESCUES, NO KILL RESCUES. ITS TRULY AN NO KILL RESCUES. ITS TRULY AN UNDERGROUND RAILROAD. ITS TRULY AN UNDERGROUND RAILROAD.>>Reporter: THE ARMY UNDERGROUND RAILROAD.>>Reporter: THE ARMY VETERAN IS NO STRANGER>>Reporter: THE ARMY VETERAN IS NO STRANGER TO SERVICE, BUT THESE VETERAN IS NO STRANGER TO SERVICE, BUT THESE DAYS HIS COPILOTS HAVE TO SERVICE, BUT THESE DAYS HIS COPILOTS HAVE FOUR LEGS AND WAGGING DAYS HIS COPILOTS HAVE FOUR LEGS AND WAGGING TAILS. FOUR LEGS AND WAGGING TAILS. SINCE HIS INAUGURAL TAILS. SINCE HIS INAUGURAL FLIGHT, OVER 900 DOGS SINCE HIS INAUGURAL FLIGHT, OVER 900 DOGS HAVE BEEN RESCUED. FLIGHT, OVER 900 DOGS HAVE BEEN RESCUED.>>NEVER KNOW THE HAVE BEEN RESCUED.>>NEVER KNOW THE BREEDS, NEVER KNOW>>NEVER KNOW THE BREEDS, NEVER KNOW MUCH EXCEPT THEYRE BREEDS, NEVER KNOW MUCH EXCEPT THEYRE GOING TO LIVE ANOTHER MUCH EXCEPT THEYRE GOING TO LIVE ANOTHER DAY. GOING TO LIVE ANOTHER DAY.>>Reporter: TODAY DAY.>>Reporter: TODAY OVER A DOZEN PUPS>>Reporter: TODAY OVER A DOZEN PUPS TOUCHED DOWN. OVER A DOZEN PUPS TOUCHED DOWN. THE EXCITEMENT OF TOUCHED DOWN. THE EXCITEMENT OF THEIR NEW OWNERS THE EXCITEMENT OF THEIR NEW OWNERS PALPABLE. THEIR NEW OWNERS PALPABLE.>>YOURE NOT JUST PALPABLE.>>YOURE NOT JUST CHANGING THE LIFE OF>>YOURE NOT JUST CHANGING THE LIFE OF THE ANIMAL, YOURE CHANGING THE LIFE OF THE ANIMAL, YOURE CHANGING THAT LIFE FOR THE ANIMAL, YOURE CHANGING THAT LIFE FOR THAT FAMILY. CHANGING THAT LIFE FOR THAT FAMILY.>>Reporter: AFTER A THAT FAMILY.>>Reporter: AFTER A TWO-HOUR TRIP, THE>>Reporter: AFTER A TWO-HOUR TRIP, THE WAIT IS OVER. TWO-HOUR TRIP, THE WAIT IS OVER.>>ALL THEY WANT IS TO WAIT IS OVER.>>ALL THEY WANT IS TO BE LOVED AND THEY>>ALL THEY WANT IS TO BE LOVED AND THEY ACTUALLY GET THE BE LOVED AND THEY ACTUALLY GET THE CHANCE AND ITS JUST ACTUALLY GET THE CHANCE AND ITS JUST AMAZING.

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