“Freedom Flights” For At-Risk Shelter Animals Could Mean Finding A Home For The Holidays

Reviewed by Dr. Katy Nelson

November 23, 2015

Shelters across Oregon, Ohio, Montana, Illinois, Idaho, and Wisconsin have been meeting Wings of Rescue airplanes full of rescue pups and cats for some time now. The hundreds of animals flown from California to these six states would have been euthanized if not for the hard work of rescue workers and volunteers, including the pilots.


By the end of 2015, Wings of Rescue will have transported more than 19,000 dogs and cats safely out of Los Angeles to places where their chances of being adopted are significantly higher.

Each plane transporting this group—the largest to date with 1,000 pets—landed safely at their destinations, and volunteers arrived to carry each animal across the tarmac on the next leg of their journey.


According to KOMO news, group organizers for Wings of Rescue say that California shelters have extremely high euthanasia rates due to overcrowding, while areas in the Pacific Northwest tend to actively search for dogs. With those odds, what better partnership could there be?

mom and pups

This Holiday Airlift will be featured in Fox Television’s “The All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration” this Thanksgiving at 8 P.M., and you can pick a town closest to you on the map to adopt a dog who’s earned their “wings.”

waiting for the plane

No animal wants to sit in a kennel alone this holiday, and now they have a chance to change that.

Roughly $100 per pet covers the cost of all of their healthcare needs, including spay/neuter, vaccines, and flea & tick medication, and all donations to support the “freedom flights” are very much appreciated. You can find more information here on their website.

This is a group founded upon the dedication of humans who willingly sacrifice their time to save lives—without them, no dog would ever take to the skies and land with a world of new opportunities. We won’t forget this, and these guys’ new families surely won’t either.

H/t KOMO News, Featured Image via Wings of Rescue

Reviewed by Dr. Katy Nelson

November 23, 2015