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First plane load of homeless pets from Charlotte, NC, arrives in Belmont County


That private pilot who is using his plane to deliver animals from the flood-torn areas of Charlotte, NC, to Belmont County has completed one trip and is on his way to do the second.

His plane delivered its first load of four-legged passengers to the Alderman Airport outside St. Clairsville in mid afternoon.

The five cats on the plane appeared calm, cool and a little curious.

They’ve been through a lot in the recent past, but they’re on the ground in Belmont County now, waiting for new homes.

The plane landed, and the cats were calm and unruffled.

There were a couple tuxedo cats, a Main Coon Cat and a tortoise shell tabby–five in all.

Pilot William Green said the cats were complaining, but only briefly.

“They were at first, but as with most animals that go by air transport, they just kind of settle right down and chill out. I think the engine is kind of hypnotic for them.”

Since our original story, people have been calling the Belmont County Humane Society.

“We’ve had people calling for dogs, we’ve had people calling for cats,” said Humane Society Director Angela Hatfield. “So please keep the calls coming to the Belmont County Humane Society so we can make more trips down to Charlotte and save more animals.”

For this day, they have one trip down and one to go.

“We’re going to get more cats and also a couple of dogs,” said Joel Kemp, who assisted with the flight.

The first five cats were whisked off from Alderman Airport to Goodworks Veterinary Hospital where they’ll get a checkup then be parceled out to their temporary homes.

They’ll bring back another five cats and two dogs later this evening.

For more information,  to foster or adopt one of the animals, the number to call is (304) 281-6769.

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