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Wings of Rescue flies 19 dogs from California to Washington

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More than two dozen dogs have a second chance at life and love today - thanks to the collaborative effort of Wings of Rescue, the Friends of Oakland Animal Services, the City of Tracy Animal Services, and the Humane Society of Skagit Valley. Wings of Rescue announced on their Facebook page today that on Friday, July 11, they flew 19 dogs from the Friends of Oakland Animal Services and six dogs from the City of Tracy Animal Services to their awaiting rescues in Bellingham, Washington.

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On their Facebook page, the Humane Society of Skagit Valley stated today: "We would like to cordially welcome to the Humane Society of Skagit Valley the most amazing group of madly adoptable new additions! Flown up from California by our amazing new friends at Wings of Rescue, these 19 small-sized cuties were scooped up and sent our way for the new life they deserve.

"The dogs are all types all breeds and everyone arrived safe and excited to start their new journey as loved and wanted family pets. And we could not have done it so efficiently if not for the generous souls of Rescued Hearts Northwest, whose volunteers gladly and beautifully helped up load up our precious cargo!"

They added: "Along with the airport staff, we were truly grateful to have kindred spirits helping us today!"

Wings of Rescue, which has rescued 6,300 animals to date, is the only all-volunteer organization to fly this number of pets to safety. The pilots of Wings of Rescue not only transport healthy dogs and cats, but pregnant mothers and mothers with newly born babies as well as dogs with recent surgeries or animals in need of major surgical procedures. Ground transport is not the best option for these animals due to the sheer length of the road trip, which can be in excess of 24 hours in the same crate without any food, water or walks. Most of Wings of Rescues' flights are completed in 3-4 hours.

The Humane Society of Skagit Valley is a non-profit organization founded in 1974 to provide a safe haven to shelter and care for animals who have been abandoned, abused, or unwanted; to treat the animals with dignity and respect; to place these animals into loving and caring homes; to create public education programs that increase the awareness of humane treatment and the necessity of spay and neuter of all animals; and to coordinate resources for housing and placement of small animals evacuated during disaster.

More than 2,500 animals pass through their doors each year.