Animals bring so much value to the world. I Love My Dog agrees with that statement and so does Douglas Thron of Oakland, California. Known worldwide as one of the most highly experienced drone pilots, Thron opens his heart and technology to assist wild animals and pets who are lost and displaced as a result of natural disasters around the world.
“Through activism, eventually it led me to this point where I’m protecting the individual animals from natural disasters like hurricanes and fires,” Thron stated. “It was the most unbelievable thing I’ve seen. While I was filming that destruction, I was seeing animals walking around through the debris but they were hard to find because the debris piles were about thirty feet tall.”
Thron uses a specialized drone that hovers over areas, especially at night time when the ground is cool and lights up in an infrared fashion to spot animals on the move. Because the animal’s body temperature is still warm, the body will glow on the drone screen. Thron works with local officials to help locate the animals and reunite them with their grateful owners.
He’s been traveling around the world pretty much nonstop including to the California wildfires, the Australian fires, in the Bahamas during Hurricane Dorian, and more. Thron admitted every time he finds the animals and gets them back where they belong, he is blown away. He plans to continue his amazing work and hopes others will get involved with the technology as well.