MORRISTOWN, N.J. — Twenty dogs rescued from high-kill shelters in Georgia and South Carolina arrived in New Jersey by means usually reserved for corporate titans.
They were flown by private jet to Morristown Municipal Airport on Sunday.
Rich Errico of Home For Good Dog Rescue usually drives a van more than 12 hours to bring the dogs back to foster families and permanent homes. But the owner of a private airport terminal offered to fly them back in style.
“I go down to the Florida area a lot,” Dirk van der Sterre told the Daily Record of Parsippany. “I thought, why not? We can do this. We have done 10 transports and brought up 120 dogs in a little under two years. It’s my way of giving back.”
Errico said the van can be stressful for the dogs. “On the plane, they hardly know they have traveled anywhere.”
Van der Sterre fell in love with a female black Labrador named Bree on the last trip.
“She was sitting on my wife’s lap during the last trip,” van der Sterre confessed. “Then I held her. That was it. It was over.”