Giving Rescues a Second Chance
Southwest Airlines is known for their reputation of giving back and, for one special group of volunteers, that means dedicating their time and benefits out of the kindness of their hearts to help animals in need. Southwest Animal Transport Team (SWATT) is a group of Southwest Airlines employees who relocate rescued animals (specifically small dogs and cats) who need transportation to their new home.
SWATT is made up of both current Southwest Airlines employees and retirees who are passionate about giving animals the second chance at a happy life that they deserve. Volunteers use their free flight benefits to collaborate with DART (Delta Animal Rescue Transports), fosters, shelters and rescues who retrieve animals from high-kill shelters and sanctuaries. The role of SWATT is to escort these animals on the flight and bring them to their final destination where they will go to a rescue group who has the resources to help them find a new family.
While they make it seem easy, these volunteers put in the hard work and hours to make it all possible. SWATT volunteers fly standby, meaning they have to coordinate transportation and scheduling, even without a guaranteed seat – and they do it all with a smile on their face and love in their hearts. If that is not an amazing example of Southwest Airline’s value of acting with a Servant’s Heart, what is?