Because Out of the Pits relies solely on donations, the cost of getting Hero to the U.S. proved challenging. Cross told Mjahed that if he could get Hero to her, she would take him.
In the meantime, Lisa Feigen, a friend of Mjahed's, fostered Hero before and after his surgery, until Hero was able to fly to the U.S.
So, Mjahed and his friends immediately began seeking donations for airfare to get Hero to the U.S. - and they were able to raise $1,000.
Hero still had to fly from Beirut to the U.S. via Frankfurt, Germany - and while exporting what is considered a dangerous breed is allowed, a specific crate had to be built to get Hero through the country.
Mjahed and his team then needed to build this special crate to accompany Hero on his journey. Upon seeing the finished product upon his arrival, Cross half-jokingly referred to it as "the Hannibal Lecter crate." (The character Hannibal Lecter, in the film "The Silence of the Lambs," infamously wore a metal mask with bars covering his mouth.)