Willamette Humane Society participated in the Wings of Rescue 2015 Annual Holiday Airlift!
Twenty planes took off from the Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles, CA, on November 20, 2015, loaded with over 1,000 dogs and cats to be flown to shelters across the country. The 2015 Holiday Airlift was the largest airlift of its kind in the history of Wings of Rescue, and the largest on record in the world. The dogs and cats are being transferred from shelters in the Los Angeles area, where many of them may have been at risk for euthanasia due to pet overpopulation. Willamette Humane Society coordinated with the ASPCA to select dogs participating in the transport.
This event will also be filmed as part of an hour-long show, “The All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration” on Fox Television featuring well known animal loving celebrities and will be aired during a prime-time spot on Thanksgiving Day at 8 pm Pacific Time.
Wings of Rescue is a donation based charity, flying large numbers of at risk healthy pets long distances from high intake shelters to safety at shelters throughout the United States and Canada. Founded in 2009, Wings of Rescue have a squadron of volunteer pilots flying the rescue missions on their own planes, as well as a fleet of chartered cargo planes. This year alone Wings will have flown 7,000 pets to safety – and in 2016 Wings of Rescue hopes to fly 10,000 pets! Since their inception, over 16,000 pets have gotten their honorary “wings” and a new and loving home through Wings of Rescue.
About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
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