On Friday, more than 1,000 dogs and 100 cats said their final farewell to kill shelters in Southern California as they headed out in private planes to no kill shelters and new homes in the Pacific Northwest and the East Coast, reports the Seattle Times.
Loaded in portable kennels, the Wings of Rescue, based in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, ready with two leased cargo planes and 23 smaller aircraft flew out 1,000 dogs and 100 cats, “our biggest holiday airlift ever.” Where California shelters are overcrowded and sadly have to euthanize healthy dogs and cats because they run out of room, the situation in the Pacific Northwest is completely different. According to Ric Browde, the transport coordinator for the California group stated; “Washington is a godsend for us. You people, you’re more educated, more responsible. You have a higher level of humanity and compassion. People tend to vaccinate, keep pets indoors. Maybe it’s the weather in Los Angeles. Sunny skies 12 months a year. We have dogs in the streets, procreating.”
Wings of Rescue was founded in 2011 by Cindy Smith, a real-estate broker, and Yehuda Netanel, a real-estate developer. Both are recreational pilots and love dogs; each with a special pack of canines they have met and rescued along the way. According to Ktla.com., the annual Holiday Life to Freedom, graciously replaces that “dead by Thanksgiving” fate of overcrowded shelters and gives these dogs and cats a second chance at wonderful new lives. Wings of Rescue has already saved over 12,000 dogs and cats and will rescue 7,000 more by the end of 2015. Wings Of Rescue is a 501(c)3 charity so your round trip operating costs and donations are tax deductible (but please ask your tax adviser).
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