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Massive effort to rescue dogs to commence this week in San Bernardino

Wings of Rescue is a national pet transport company.
Wings of Rescue is a national pet transport company.
Wings of Rescue/Yehuda Netanel

On Tuesday, April 22, 2014, a massive rescue effort will begin to move 100 dogs from the San Bernardino area to no-kill shelters in New Mexico, Idaho and Washington. Wings of Rescue is working with the shelter and local rescue groups to transport the dogs to their new locales.

Wings of Rescue is a 501(c)3 animal rescue based out of Van Nuys, Calif. In the three and a half years since its inception, Wings of Rescue has flown 8,500 dogs and cats to safety. Fixed-wing aircraft are used to transport the animals so that they avoid a grueling ground transport.

“We know that the city of San Bernardino is in bankruptcy, and there are many problems the city is facing as a whole,” stated Yehuda Netanel, Founder of Wings of Rescue.“However, that doesn’t mean that the animals in the shelter don’t deserve a second chance at life. We organized this effort to show that there is a better way! By working together with the SBCS staff, our goal and hope is that they will continue to work with us going forward, and we can ultimately save more lives!”

The actual transportation component begins on Saturday, April 26. First, the dogs will be pulled from the shelter where a volunteer veterinarian will be on hand to assess their condition. From there they will go for treatment and fostering until they are able to make the flight. Sick and injured dogs will be included in the rescue effort.

Two of the nation’s most notorious shelters are involved in this effort. Dogs will be pulled from both San Bernardino County’s Devore Animal Shelter and the City of San Bernardino Animal Shelter. Both shelters have been under fire by animal advocates for several years with the city shelter receiving national attention in recent weeks. The rescue effort provides a chance for shelter staff and rescuers from around the Southland to work together to save dogs and towards a long-term solution for the area’s pet overpopulation crisis.

For more information of if you would are able to make a donation or foster, please visit the Wings of Rescue Facebook page at:

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