For the love of stray animals, an Army veteran learned how to fly, forked $65,000 to buy an airplane and then started to save “furry friends” that were about to be put down, all over the country
Paul Steklenski, a 45-year-old veteran from Schwenksville, Pennsylvania, has always loved animals and he always wanted to show his compassion for the the four-legged ones. It’s when Paul started to dedicate his time saving pets from shelters.
A few years ago, the kind-hearted man adopted a homeless dog, named Tessa, from a local rescue center. Moved by the idea that so many of these pure souls are about to be put down, he decided to rescue as many dogs and cats as possible. In May 2015, the veteran founded the Flying Fur Animal Rescue, a rescue group dedicated to save “animals, one rescue flight at a time.”
Since then, using his own plane, the kind man managed to save more than 1,500 animals from shelters, all over US. “When I first started flying there were times when I wanted to quit because I didn’t think I could do it, but I kept going back,” Paul said. “Seeing the dogs at the shelter was heartbreaking. It was horrible to think that there were so many animals being [put down] because they’re stuck in a certain area.”
Paul admits sometimes he’s getting really emotional upon seeing those animals suffering, but helping them and watching them happy make him feel alive. “It’s an extremely emotional job but it’s very rewarding,” the Army veteran said. “I realised I could help make a difference by going down there, picking them up and taking them to other shelters.
“I have a feeling they know better things are going to happen for them. It is very rewarding. It’s not only the animal it makes a difference to – that dog or cat is going to be affecting someone new,” Paul said.
Paul Steklenski you’re an angel! If you want to help this hero to save more innocent souls, visit Flying Fur Animal Rescue.