Dog was set to be put down after shelter couldn’t afford surgery—until hero pilot steps in

November 29, 2017 5:48 pm Last Updated: November 30, 2017 10:14 am

Shelters do all they can to help animals in need. Unfortunately, there’s only so much money that some shelters have to tend to the rescued pets, and as such, the animals face an uncertain future.

Luckily, there are some awesome people out there who do extraordinary things to help animals that might otherwise not make it, as this story shows.

Adrienne Lisa, a female beagle, was left in a shelter after being abused at her previous home. But she wasn’t 100 percent healthy.

CT/NY/NJ/New England: 🐾🐾 Adopt Adrienne Lisa 🐾🐾Adrienne Lisa is the sweetest, loving, most gentle little nugget. She…

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Because of the trauma she had dealt with, 2-year-old Adrienne had a severe condition with her bladder—it had been partially pushed outside her body. The surgery to fix it was expensive and the shelter couldn’t afford to treat it.

Adrienne was scheduled to be euthanized in the next 24 hours.

Luckily, Animals R Family, an animal charity, had agreed to pay the whole sum for the surgery.

But then another problem arose. The dog had to be transferred to Stamford, Connecticut, from North Carolina to get her to a vet that would do the surgery that would save her life—all within 24 hours!

This is where Paul Steklenski came in.

Pilot Paul and Lisa <3

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Steklenski a 45-year-old military veteran and network engineer purchased a plane in 2013 for $70,000 for the sole purpose of helping dogs who needed it, like Adrienne. His non-profit Flying Fur Animal Rescue has rescued nearly 900 dogs since 2015.

When he heard about the story, Steklenski sprang into action.

“When I heard about Adrienne, I knew I had to help,” Steklenski told Metro News.

Steklenski set off from his home in Pennsylvania to North Carolina to pick up Adrienne, then he flew all the way to Westchester, New York, so Adrienne could get the proper treatment she needed. That’s about a 750-mile round trip!

“Adrienne was very scared and timid and gentle. She sat next to me the whole way because I needed to keep an eye on her,” he said.

Lisa flew on Flying Fur One!! <3

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While he was exhausted by the end of the day, he was glad he could help save Adrienne’s life, as well as the lives of 13 other dogs he dropped off in New Jersey on the way.

“I didn’t think about it, I just had to do it,” Steklenski said about helping Adrienne.

Adrienne ended up getting the surgery, plus treatment for a number of other conditions, and made a full recovery.

The shelter put her up for adoption, and soon she had a new forever home.

Adrienne Lisa has been in her forever home for a week now!! Adrienne, all tuckered out and snoozing, after a long hike…

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Two weeks later, Steklenski went back to North Carolina to rescue Adrienne’s brother too!

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If it weren’t for Steklenski and his plane, Adrienne and other pets wouldn’t have gotten the help they needed. Steklenski is just one example of someone dedicating their spare time and money to a priceless cause.