Assistance dogs take flight for first time on US Airways

Assistance dogs take flight for first time on US Airways

May 2010

Reported by: Imani Randolph
Last Update: 5/11 10:48 p

TEMPE, AZ – US Airways added a new chapter to their ‘Puppies in Flight’ program Tuesday.

Volunteers accompanied assistance dogs on their first flight at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

The assistance dogs are completing their training at Power Paws Assistance Dogs, Inc., a local nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering adults and children with disabilities for greater independence.

The latest recruits are Smitty the Golden Labrador and Rusty the Labrador Retriever.

The have been training for six month and took their first trip to San Diego to get familiar with flight sights and sounds.

Puppies In Flight is a partnership with Assistance Dogs International (ADI), which is a coalition of non-profit organizations that train and place assistance dogs around the world.

US Airways volunteers use their flight benefits to familiarize assistance dogs with aircraft and air travel in preparation for future flights with their disabled partners.

Over the past 10 years, employees have transported dogs everywhere from California to Croatia.

Power Paws Assistance Dogs provides highly skilled assistance dogs to adults and children with disabilities, provides education and continuing support for working assistance dog teams, and acts as a resource in the community for people with disabilities.

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