When pigs fly is now! Bosley, an 8 year old, 49 pound, mini potbelly pig became the first passenger of his species to travel aboard Pet Airways when he flew from Republic Airport in Farmingdale to his new home in Sag Harbor (both on Long Island).
Upon arrival, the terminal was filled with the sounds of his hooves clacking on the hardwood floor as cooing staff members steered him into the lounge with tempting Cherrios and dog biscuits.
Pet Airways was founded in 2009 by husband and wife team San Weisel and Alysa Binder specifically to accommodate animals after Zoey, their Jack Russell terrier, was traumatized in the cargo hold of a commercial airliner. Since then, they have catered to more than 7,000 “pawsengers,” including dogs, cats, rats, birds and even a hermit crab. Bosley, however, was the first swine to take to the skies with them.
He was originally adopted as a piglet by a family in Florida from the Tri-County Humane Society in Boca Raton, but was returned when he grew too larger for them. His new family in Sag Harbor has asked to remain anonymous.
The company, which is based in Florida, now has terminals in 10 cities across the US including Los Angeles, Phoenix, St Louis, Baltimore, Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, Orlando, and Ft. Lauderdale. All flights to New York go to Republic For more information, readers can go to www.petairways.com
Anyone interested in adopting pigs here can contact Connecticut Farm Rescue for more information. Go online to http://farmanimal.rescueme.org/Connecticut