A “Wings of Rescue” flight carrying cats, dogs, and almost 100 puppies arrived at Circle Air Group at Gillespie Field in El Cajon late Tuesday. This fourth plane load of pets transferred to San Diego from Acadiana Animal Aid created space for pets impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The flight was a joint effort of Wings of Rescue, Freekibble.com, GreaterGood.org, The Rescue Bank, your Rancho Coastal Humane Society, Labradors and Friends Rescue, San Diego Humane Society and The Rescued Dog.
Kathy Zerkle, V.P. of Adoption Services at RCHS, says, “The pets were loaded onto the plane in Lafayette, Louisiana at around 5:00 AM Pacific Time on Tuesday morning. They arrived in San Diego a little after 5:00 that afternoon.”
How did the 120 pets fare during their 12 hour flight? Kathy says, “They did great! A few weeks or, in some cases, a few months ago, they were with their families. Some of the pets evacuated to RCHS were already in shelters before Hurricane Harvey. Now the pets who came in after the hurricane are considered to be lost, strayed, or abandoned. Their owners have not come to claim them. Unfortunately, pets are still streaming into the shelters in Louisiana and Texas. They have to create space for the new arrivals. For these pets, a 12 hour plane ride is far better than the alternative.”
Wings of Rescued President and CEO Ric Browde says, “Wings of Rescue has transported more than 9,000 pets to safety so far this year. The pets on this flight are highly adoptable dogs and cats who have been in animal shelters for over a month waiting for their owners coming to claim them. They’re being transferred to San Diego to create space for the pets who continue to arrive after being lost, strayed, or abandoned because of Harvey and the floods.”
Labradors and Friends Rescue and Rancho Coastal Humane Society continue to recruit foster care providers to help with these rescued pets and others. Wings of Rescue needs new or gently used, medium to large, plastic pet crates. Crates can be dropped off at Rancho Coastal Humane Society or the San Diego Humane Society.
RCHS is accepting donations to cover the cost of the flight and provide care and treatment for the new arrivals. Kathy says, “The medical tests for each of the Hurricane Hounds cost us about $600 each. Our maximum adoption fee at RCHS is $195 for a puppy six months or younger. If this isn’t a good time for you to adopt, please make a donation to help us cover the cost of placing these pets in their homes.”
For more information call 760-753-6413, visit RCHS at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, or log on to www.sdpets.org.
Every animal deserves a tomorrow….no matter where it was born.
One of the first dogs off the plane gets some special attention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
This is the very first dog off the plane today: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
This is dogs being unloaded from the plane: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
This is RCHS President Jim Silveira unloading the first crate from the plane: https://www.youtube.com/watch?