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Just when I thought we had done all we could toward helping animals in need, or created the ultimate furry ‘International Rescue’.  I attended The Ramsgate International Film and Television Festival this weekend, and a whole new world of animal rescue opened up before my eyes.

One of the films screened at The Granville in Ramsgate was entitled ‘Flying Fur’ which told the story of a courageous and dedicated guy who has set up a rescue mission in The States, entirely self-funded, to rescue dogs and cats who are fated to be ‘put down’ due to an injury or homelessness.

PAUL STEKLENSKI

Paul is the founder, pilot, scheduler, social media, accounting, web design, and fur parent.  Paul is a U.S. Army veteran, and currently a network engineer by day, specializing in Cisco collaboration technologies, including VOIP, route/switch, and security.  In his spare time he enjoys cooking and classic autos.

TESSA THE DOG

Tessa is Paul’s rescue pup, and the inspiration for the founding of the organization.  Her day job includes sleeping, eating, barking at random delivery people, and general doggy shenanigans.  She enjoys playing, long walks on the trail, chewing on stuff, and licking people.

This compelling and beautifully shot film tracks Paul on one of his missions, as he flies off in his single engine plane across mid America, in often treacherous weather conditions, to deliver his animal Pawsengers to either their new home or an animal hospital designated to take them in.

There was not a dry eye in the house, and this was evident by the reaction to the movie and the Q and A after the screening.

Paul himself was in attendance and the questions ranged from a proposal of marriage (to Paul!) and how we could get involved in this wonderful organisation.

Paul came across as a humble self-motivated man, whose love and passion for the furry kind had compelled him to set up this unique rescue mission.

It portrayed beauty and kindness in this dark age of violence and devastation, and gives us a glimpse of hope in humankind and a reminder that we share the glorious planet with other living beings, who sometimes need our help and whose love is unconditional as they give back in so many ways.

I hope this may inspire you to find a way of becoming involved in one of your local dog or cat rescue centres, or even set up your own animal National Rescue campaign.

https://flyingfuranimalrescue.org/
https://www.youtube.com/FlyingFur
https://twitter.com/flying_fur
https://www.facebook.com/justaguywhofliesrescue/

Here’s Paul to tell you a little on how it all started

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