Rossmoor Native Shuttles Dogs from High-Kill Shelters

Zach Bryson spends his free time hopping around the country to transport condemned canines to rescue groups in style.

Zach Bryson, left, in a photo from his Bryson Air Facebook page.
Zach Bryson, left, in a photo from his Bryson Air Facebook page.

Rossmoor native Zach Bryson is using the Torrance Airport as his conduit to save dogs from around the country in high-kill shelters.

In this report from CBS Los Angeles, Bryson shares what motivates the pilot to shuttle four-legged passengers.

“In the U.S., we euthanize about three-to-four million dogs per year,” Bryson told CBS. “There’s actually a lot of homes available for those dogs, if we could just get them here.”

Redondo Beach resident and rescuer Rebecca Chambliss found Bryson and his Bryson Air through Pilots For Paws, which like it sounds, connects pilots with those seeking to place dogs who would otherwise be euthanized into new homes.

“He’s been amazing,” Chambliss said of Bryson’s recent effort to fly nearly a dozen Finnish Lapphunds from a hoarder in Northern California to Los Angeles. She told CBS: “He volunteered not only one, but two planes to fly up and get the dogs and bring them back here.”

Bryson said flying dogs makes the transport much quicker and more bearable – and is often cheaper than arranging ground transportation.

He volunteers his time and fuel, as he jets – OK, maybe jets isn’t the right word – around in his 1979 Grumman Tiger plane.

Bryson just focuses on the dogs. On his Facebook page, he calls what he does “freedom flights.”

Gina February 18, 2014 at 05:36 PM
OK proud mommy moment here!! Love to see how it is being shared....there are new "likes" on his Facebook BrysonAir all the way from New York!!! Thanks for sharing Patch!!!
Penny Arévalo February 18, 2014 at 05:53 PM
awesome! After recently covering an animal hoarder, it was nice to write this one. :-)


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