On Wednesday, Dec. 4, Oregon Live reported that an animal rescue organization will launch the largest rescue in their history this weekend. Wings of Rescue will be flying more than 500 dogs who were slated for euthanasia in California shelters to rescue groups in the Pacific Northwest.
Yehuda Netanel created this non-profit organization four years ago to save animals from what he calls certain death in California shelters. Wings of Rescue flies animals from kill shelters to loving homes, rain, wind, or shine. Until recently, Netanel did all of the flying himself, but now, he says, "We have a really nice group of pilots and planes."
For the fourth annual holiday airlift, 20 pilots are joining Netanel. The pilots will each airlift dogs to 14 destinations throughout Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.
The first plane is scheduled to land in Klamath Falls, Oregon on Thursday, Dec. 5. The Eugene and North Bend flights are scheduled Saturday, Dec. 7. All of the other flights are scheduled for Friday, Dec. 6.
Last year's holiday airlift was the largest in the organization's history, with approximately 400 animals airlifted to the Pacific northwest and 60 of them going to Washington State. This year, more than 500 rescued dogs will arrive at rescue organizations in Seattle, Olympia, Pasco, Spokane, Bellingham, Billings, Kalispell, Boise, and Helena.
Approximately 200 people are assisting with this animal rescue operation. The rescue will cost about $100,000 and Netanel said that some money is coming from Wings of Rescue, a 501(c)3. Most of the donations, however, come from pilots covering their own costs and using their own aircraft.
For Netanel, the rescue is symbolic, as well. According to Netanel, the pilots and the rescued pets fly at 27,000 feet.
"By flying so many animals so high, it's also elevating the awareness level of the general public about what's happening to dogs and cats in shelters," Netanel stated.
"We've saved so many animals - we even saved one who was wrapped up in a plastic bag and put in a dumpster. This has to stop."
Would you like to help Wings of Rescue continue to save lives and elevate the awareness of animal rescue needs?
Please consider helping this rescue elevate animals and the awareness of animal rescue during the holiday season and beyond. Learn more about Wings of Rescue by visiting their website here.
"Like" this column to help share it with others!
If you would like to continue to receive important information, features, and news related to pets in Seattle and beyond, please click the "Subscribe" icon located at the top of this column. It's free, convenient, and anonymous!
You can also find Seattle Pets on Facebook!