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DixieChick
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going right now to sigh.

i also would like to know what the complaint was. and if the complainer understood why this pet was traveling. someeeee people.

has jet blue been contacted concering this program? they are pretty pet friendly

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Posted : June 7, 2013 10:00 pm
DixieChick
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signed petition. and read the complaint. they should be ashamed of themselves.

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Posted : June 7, 2013 10:06 pm
poodle
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hmmm...what's AA going to do now about crying babies on their flights?

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Posted : June 8, 2013 9:19 am
iguanabanana
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signed the petition. There are almost 1,200 signatures now and the goal is 2000. I sure hope AA listens to the many people who have signed this.

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Posted : June 8, 2013 7:04 pm
noOne
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American Airlines Grounds Pets with Wings Program

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Posted : June 15, 2013 5:34 am
Jamison
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We lost. That really sucks.

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Posted : June 15, 2013 9:16 am
Alana33
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Totally depressing. The program helped so many animals. Pitchforks you know where to the complaining moron that got the program canceled. I won't be using American Airlines for future travel. Hopefully all the local animal rescue organizations can find another airline to pick up where AA left off.

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Topic starter Posted : June 15, 2013 9:29 am
stxem
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It is not totally over--just the animals flying for free part. They can still fly, but have to be paid for. The STX shelter has done this for years. Time for STT to step up the fundraising efforts.

It's a blow, but all is not lost.

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Posted : June 15, 2013 1:48 pm
AandA2VI
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I think the thing that pisses me off the most is that these poor pets are the ones who suffer first because of jerks leaving them on the island and NOW of some other jerk who was probably just pissed he had to wait in line. I just don't get humans anymore.... at all. That comet can come any time now.

I think too, they should reach out to Jet Blue. Let me tell you I LOVE jet blue now! We flew for the first time to Miami on them, and they have comfortable seats, free cable TV lots of choices of great snacks for free and full cans of soda for free too. We will pay extra especially for long trips just to use them. Hopefully they will be able to start helping transport pets.

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Posted : June 15, 2013 2:18 pm
Alana33
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Without adaquate funding for the various humane organizations, the free flights for animals bring relocated stateside was especially important. Hope another airline will step up to fill the gap. I would also hope that all these organizations on all 3 islands will get Senators involved in creating a mandatory spay and neuter bill to reduce the tragic amount of animals that are abandoned daily and euthanized because of a shortage of responsible homes and caregivers.

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Topic starter Posted : June 15, 2013 3:07 pm
DixieChick
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jet blue is great (so far) and yes maybe they will pick up the slack.

jet blue has a program called jet paws i think.
my dog has miles with them. they advertise pet flying. so hopefully they will do this. great promo for them.

i am also done with american airlines. have been for awhile now.

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Posted : June 16, 2013 11:23 am
STXBob
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Thank you American Airlines for flying 100 to 150 pets for free over the past 2 years. You are way ahead of other airlines in your generosity.

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Posted : June 16, 2013 11:58 am
crazyflamingo
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This saddens me that American Airlines has ended this program. Several people have commented that they hope another airline will help out and establish a similar program. Just curious, has anyone contacted other airlines regarding this to bring it to their attention? Does anyone know if the Humane Society or other rescue organizations have approached or are in talks with other airlines about helping out?

Instead of venting here on a forum about how mad this makes me or that I hope someone else will pick up the slack, I want to be proactive and do something to help. Even if it only helps one animal, that's still one animal that will be given a second chance. When I move this fall to the island I have a friend who is coming to help me travel with my cats, when they fly back I plan to arrange for them to escort a rescue animal to a stateside shelter. I will be paying the pet fee for the airline so that animal can get a chance to find a forever home stateside. Maybe if other forum users are in a similar financial position to be able to pay the fee for one shelter animal to go stateside, the next time they have visitors, they can make similar arrangements.

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Posted : June 16, 2013 3:43 pm
BeachcomberStt
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The Pets With Wings Program resumes with the following help:

Jeffrey Epstein, Philanthropy Investor, Backs American Airlines Partnership with the Humane Society

Read more here:

http://www.heraldonline.com/2013/06/16/4949660/jeffrey-epstein-philanthropy-investor.html#storylink=cpy

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Posted : June 17, 2013 9:33 pm
Alana33
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Hallelujah! :@)

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Topic starter Posted : June 17, 2013 9:38 pm
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