SALISBURY - Dr. Tim Moreland can tell you a lot about a dog’s life and he can certainly tell you about how dogs have figured into his.
In addition to the dogs he’s owned, he’s met quite a few while helping to rescue and save their lives.
Moreland, whose day job is working as professor of Communication Arts at Catawba College, works tirelessly on his off time as one of the volunteer pilots in the Pilots N Paws organization. For him, it’s a great way to combine two loves – his love of dogs and his love of flying. His trusty co-pilot is Chester, a seven-year old blue merle Australian Shepherd whom Moreland adopted through connections he made in Pilots N Paws.
“I took my first trip for Pilots N Paws in early 2009. Sometimes you do legs and sometimes, the whole thing,” Moreland explained about his rescue missions in his ’78 Piper Archer, a single engine, four-seater. “Once you sign up, you tell them where you are located and they look at the pilots in an area, put a notice on the Pilots N Paws website, or send you an e-mail. I look at those notices and see when the rescue needs to occur and if I can get it done.