We are pleased to report that our weekend fundraiser for Ruby's rescue organizations, Safe Humane Chicago and Friends of Chicago Animal and Control, was a huge success and we were able to more than double the donations of our BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose award sponsors Hauspanther and Only Natural Pets. Both organizations will receive $1,100 ($500 from our generous award sponsors and $600 from the proceeds of the fundraiser). Thanks for the shares, comments and donations!
In more feel-good rescue news, Wings of Rescue, a group of volunteer pilots conducting ongoing, life-saving airlifts of dogs and cats, transported their 20,000th animal this past weekend. Bruin, an eight-year-old Jack Russell Terrier, abandoned when his family moved without him, made his independence flight from southern California to Seattle along with 250 other lucky dogs and cats.
Partnering with Kriser's Natural Pet and St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center as well local shelters and rescue groups in the Seattle area, Wings of Rescue successfully transported 400 dogs and cats from over-crowded southern California shelters to new homes in the Pacific Northwest and East Coast. On July 8th, 150 dogs were flown from Van Nuys, California to Morristown, NJ and on July 9th, 250 dogs and cats were flown to Seattle.
Through a fundraising drive in its 34 stores and online, the Kriser’s Pack and their customers raised $20,000 to contribute to saving shelter pets, including these freedom flights. Kriser’s and The Honest Kitchen also sent every pet on these flights home with a voucher for a free box of high-quality, all-natural food to get their new lives started out right.
The idea that some parts of the country are actually in need of adoptable animals while other areas euthanize the majority of incoming animals due to space limitations is truly mind-boggling. Call me crazy, but this seems like kind of a no-brainer and Wings of Rescue offers the perfect solution.
Of course, each Wings of Rescue freedom flight costs thousands to execute and as a non-profit, they operate solely on donations. Please consider making a donation to Wings of Rescue so more animals can be saved! If you can't donate, please share with those who can. You can also follow Wings of Rescue's life-saving work on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.