Volunteer Pilots Rescue 250 Dogs Facing Euthanasia

Hundreds of dogs and cats from southern California’s overcrowded shelters are being saved and flown to their new homes by volunteer pilots this Friday and Saturday. The good-natured pilots work with Wings of Rescue, a non-profit organization that has rescued more than 12,000 pets from being euthanized in the past four years.

Planes will fly the furry pets from Meadows Field Airport in Bakersfield, California, on Friday and from San Bernardino International Airport on Saturday to Idaho, Washington and Oregon, Wings of Rescue co-president Cindy Loan told ABC News.

“A lot of shelters in southern states have no space in their shelters and so many pets are at risk of being euthanized. So our pilots take them to no-kill shelters mainly in the North, where more shelters and people are looking for dogs and cats to adopt.”

On the last leg of a rescue flight, Ric Browde took this awesome photo aboard the MetroLiner chartered for the flight.

Posted by Wings of Rescue on Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The best part of the whole mission is that the dogs and cats are usually adopted within just two weeks. The organization encourages owners to spay and neuter their pets and to “adopt, not shop.”

Pilots Angela Garcia and Kale Garcia, who have flown over 500 pets for Sings of Rescue, say the ability to help animals has changed their lives.

Pilots Anji and Kale flew 43 dogs to safety last Friday from Santa Barbara to Medford, OR in their twin Cessna. Thank you Kale and Anji!

Posted by Wings of Rescue on Wednesday, May 21, 2014

“Working with Wings of Rescue has become one of the most rewarding things I’ve every done in our entire life. And it’s important to note we get a lot of the glory. But in reality, it’s just pure fun for us and there are all these wonderful other volunteers doing the real work.”

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