FORT WORTH – WBAP/KLIF – One hundred and sixty four pets needing a good home fly out of Forth Worth 8 am Saturday morning, bringing mostly large dogs (and a few cats) to the Pacific Northwest. This is believed to be the largest ever flight load of adoptable pets flown from HSNT to the Pacific Northwest, courtesy of Wings of Rescue, which uses volunteer pilots in their own planes, and sometimes, chartered larger planes to fly the adoptable pets to safety. Shelters in the Pacific Northwest and parts of Canada are in need of adoptable pets; adopters have been known to stand in line for a chance to adopt a “Southern Dog or Cat”.
HSNT Spokeswoman Cassie Lackey says large dogs are surrendered “consistently and abundantly”. Because they are large, it can be much more difficult to place these pets. Flying large dogs to other states will ease overcrowding in HSNT’s shelter.
Wings of Rescue is a donation-based charity flying large scale teransports of endangered pets from overcrowded shelters and areas to shelters where there is empty kennel space and where no local shelter pets are displaced. Since “Wings” was formed, the group has flown more than 35,000 pets have been flown to safety. The group relies entirely on donations to fly the lifesaving missions.
While too many pets are never adopted in the Metroplex, spring time can be a horrible time of overcrowding and more pets available than can be adopted locally. Dallas Animal Services says it’s dog kennels are currently at 107% capacity and is offering NO adoption fee adoptions of pets through Friday, May 31rst. It and most other pet shelters will be open throughout the long holiday weekend.
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