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Partners make the best adopting parents

Sometimes, families are looking for an animal to brighten their lives and homes.  Other times, the animals find their own family. That is certainly the case for Jess Farr, Program Director at PAWS, one of our amazing partner organizations.  PAWS of Jackson Hole’s mission is to serve as a community resource to prevent pet homelessness, to protect pets from harm and suffering, and to promote responsible ownership.  The PAWS staff works closely with us and the Animal Adoption Center to save as many animals as possible in Greater Teton County.

Taking a break in ‘Kitty City’

Rescuing animals can be emotionally draining and just spending time with these animals before they find a forever home can help give perspective to this difficult work.  Sitting with the cats in “Kitty City” at the Animal Adoption Center is exactly what Jess often does to rejuvenate her passion for working with rescue animals.  Although she’s typically visiting to check in on adoptions, she also loves playing with 14 purring cats vying for her attention. One cat in particular stole her heart, a black and white fuzzball called Arwen.  Arwen was a Dog Is My CoPilot kitty copilot that we flew from our partners at Abilene Animal Services to the Animal Adoption Center in Jackson, Wyoming. 

Waiting for the right time

Although Jess and her husband have fostered many animals, they were not in a position to bring Arwen home right away because they were right in the middle of a pandemic inspired renovation project.  But in June, Jess and Dave decided that if Arwen was still at AAC when their house project was over, Arwen would be coming home with her.  

There was a certain purring burrito wrapped in black and white cotton candy named Arwen that totally stole my heart from day one!  


Fast forward to the first week of January 2021, it was a new year, a new house and most importantly, Jess and Dave got a new cat and renamed her, Lil’ Jess.

“Arwen, now Lil Jess (insert eyeroll) is our third rescue from the incomparable Animal Adoption Center (AAC) and our first Dog Is My CoPilot (DIMC) passenger! Our household has fostered many DIMC dogs, notably, all of which have been smaller in stature than Lil Jess, and we are so excited to have a Dog Is My CoPilot CAT on our permanent purr-team. Her brothers Lil Dave (yep, we’re that kinda crazy) and Revvy, have both welcomed her home with open paws. Thank you DIMC and the AAC for saving so many lives, our stoke level (and vacuum power level) is blasting on high!”

How you can help

As we move into 2021, we are thankful for all our partners that help make rescuing so many animals possible.  Our life saving flights would not be possible without the support of our partners and our Squadron Members that make a monthly commitment to supporting our rescue flights. This year, your support is critical. Become a Squadron Member today and your donations will help keep our plane wheels up saving lives!


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