Up, Up, and Away!

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Dogs begin their flight to Oregon and new homes.

Palm Springs Animal Shelter dogs, 14 of them to be exact, took to the skies yesterday. What in the world are they doing up there? They’re headed to Oregon where they have a better chance of finding homes.

Yehuda Netanel, a pilot with Wings of Rescue, a group of pilots who donate their planes and services to fly shelter animals to rescue groups and shelters across the western United States, checked his fuel gauge, contacted the tower, and left for theĀ  3-hour trip to Oregon. Yehuda recently flew 30 small dogs from Riverside, CA to Oregon and says of the dogs, “They’re pretty good. They say hi to each other at the beginning and then they lay down and fall asleep.”

"Hey! Wait for me!"

These 14 dogs will be taken to three different shelters who don’t have many dogs available for adoption. Because of their successful spay/neuter program, adoption events, and fostering programs, the shelters don’t have many dogs for families to adopt. The dogs on this flight have been in the shelter for too long and sending them to Oregon Dog Rescue, the Humane Society of Redmond, Oregon, and Hope’s Haven near Salem will give them a greater chance of being adopted.

“We want to reduce the number of animals in our shelter,” said Tanya Petrovna, board member of the Friends of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter. “We should have 80 dogs, but we have 100. The humane solution is transferring the animals.”

2 thoughts on “Up, Up, and Away!”

  1. I cannot believe that these people chose Oregon of all places. I LIVE in Oregon (sure as hell wish I didn’t because the anti-animal abuse laws here are never enforced with diddly squat). The shelters in Oregon are continually whining about how they are “overflowing” with animals and they force people who need to surrender an animal to wait for literally weeks and then charge extortionate surrender fees – very hard to pay when someone has to surrender a pet because they have no income anymore to support the pet – yet the shelter demands $$ upfront to surrender – sometimes a LOT of $$ upfront. In Oregon most people surrender because they lost their homes in foreclosure because there are NO JOBS IN OREGON and they are headed for the street or they have run out of unemployment benefits, can’t find jobs, and are surviving between TANF and the food bank and there is NO MONEY for anything even a beloved pet. Plus most people in Oregon don’t realize that the “popular” shelters try to give a public image of no-kill policies but that isn’t the reality of what happens here. All in all a really, really BAD idea to bring more animals to Oregon! The shelters here should work to get their current population into loving forever homes before taking on more! I stopped at one local shelter’s adoption booth at a recent pet fair and was earnestly informed that some of the animals had been in the shelter for MONTHS if not YEARS – the cats, especially, they claimed had been in their shelter for over two years. California might be in bad shape economically but I can tell you as a resident Oregonian horrified at what I see around here, Oregon is MUCH worse. I just hope that some of these faux rescues taking on more dogs aren’t euthing what they already have unadopted in their own shelters because some of the California transplants are more “adoptable”.

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  2. More networking and creative thinking like this is needed, particularly by the administrators of the high-kill shelters in the South and the pencil pushers in southern California. (These are the ones I’m familiar with; I’m sure there are more.) They could save many more lives by working with rescues and shelters in other cities and states. Kudos to Florida and Oregon for trying this approach.

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