WILMINGTON -- After losing their beloved dog Lucy after 16 years, Bob and Sue Kraus decided it was time add another member to their family.
"We lost her about six months ago and my wife Sue was longing for another lhasa apso," said Bob.
A quick online search connected them with a dog rescued by Pilots N Paws.
"This was a program going on in Greensboro. They had established pilots who would fly the rescue dogs into wherever the family was," Bob said.
The Kraus' posted their request for the dog on the Pilots N Paws website. Volunteer pilot Jon Wells of Greensboro agreed to deliver the dog, Annie, to Bob and Sue in Wilmington. She was the 110th animal he has flown this year.
"We have our own aircrafts and bear all of the expenses. It's just fun to do especially this time of the year with Christmas," said Wells. "We get to go out and deliver these new dogs and rescue these animals and get them to new owners."
Pilots from all over the country who participate in the program have deemed their planes the "Paw-ler Express" this weekend and will be delivering as many animals as possible before Christmas Day.
The first flight took off in 2008 and, since that time around 1,800 pilots have joined the Pilots N Paws program. More animals are still waiting to be adopted and can be located on their website.