SUGAR POP IS GROUNDED!
For the first time in Cloud Nine's 850 hours of flying over the past two years, saving the lives of 962 pets across North America and transporting veterinarians to remote areas, one of our aircraft has a major problem that has forced us to take it out of commission until it is repaired. Sugar Pop, Cloud Nine's Cessna 310, is grounded and unable to fly rescue missions.
Two of the most vital instruments - the Attitude Indicator (AI) and Horizontal Situation Indicator (HSI) are broken. These are precision instruments that are required for safe and legal flight in instrument conditions (flying in clouds). Until we get these units replaced, we cannot fly Sugar Pop on any more missions. We have obtained quotes on several options, and need to raise $15,000 immediately in order to get Sugar Pop fixed and back in the air.
You may remember that Sugar Pop was generously donated to Cloud Nine almost exactly one year ago. An excellent plane in great condition, we have used Sugar Pop on 14 transports all over North America. It has excelled in our longer distance transports and transports of smaller pets, where it is a better aircraft for use than our Aztec. We have been routinely flying it on transports going from Texas to New Hampshire (saving the lives of over 130 dogs in 2011 alone). Sugar Pop hasn't let us down yet. We urgently need your help to make sure we can continue using this tool to keep saving the lives of homeless animals.
This year, we've truly put the aircraft we have at our disposal to use. In the first half of 2011, we've transported 398 pets over 26 transports. By comparison, in 2010 we transported 434 pets over 32 transports. We are fully on track towards meeting our goal of 52 transports for 2011, and expect to come close to saving the lives of twice as many pets as we did last year! However, each plane we fly is best suited for the missions that it flies. There is not room for overlap, but due to capabilities and also due to scheduling constraints. Until Sugar Pop is repaired, the missions it flies cannot be flown, and those pets cannot be saved.
Cloud Nine strives to always be there when it counts, responding to both the constant need to transport pets from overpopulated areas to places where they will find loving homes, and also to emergency needs around the continent. In the past year, Sugar Pop has become an integral part of our capability to do this, and has proven its capability especially in immediate need and long-distance transports. Help us to continue this today with your donation. Make your donation now at:
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