13 January 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Mighty Rescue of Death Row Dogs

Dog rescue is done by volunteer pilots. Photo courtesy Pilots N Paws, Facebook

Dog rescue is done by volunteer pilots. Photo courtesy Pilots N Paws, Facebook

“We have another chance at a good life. Thank you, humans! Woof, woof, woof!”

When it comes to animal advocacy most of the work is done on the ground through local rescue groups and shelters. But what about saving dogs by airplane? Read this inspiring story of a mighty rescue of death row dogs, and how these courageous humans pull it off.

Mighty Rescue of Death Row Dogs

Pepper and Booberry had a lot in common.

 

Pepper looked like a Shih Tzu but nobody was certain. The abused and abandoned dog was found urine-soaked, flea-ridden, and battling a raging urinary tract infection. Tumours on her back made it look bent. Booberry, a blue Chihuahua who was more ear than body, was found in a dumpster suffering from parvovirus. Both were resident at a shelter that euthanized far too many dogs every day. Both were hopeless and both were close to their last days on earth.

 

But they shared one more similarity. Both dogs were plucked from the shelter in Fresno, California, to be part of the Freedom Flight program, the brainchild of founder and orangedog.ca owner Jan Folk.

 

Freedom Flight is exactly that—a volunteer-run flight program that flies dogs from shelters in California to the Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) in Alberta, where ample forever homes are waiting.

 

“I just can’t go past a dog without stopping,” says Folk. “Every time I see a dog, I smile and start to laugh.” Read more about Dog Rescue in Up in the Air here.

It’s so wonderful how these selfless pilots actually volunteer their time to help animals in need. This is certainly a mighty rescue of death row dogs, that is saving canines and making a real difference in peoples’ lives. What a great example of teamwork, and dedication as well.

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“These Dogs Are Flying To Freedom”

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