There was a rescue in California who had 70 dogs that they needed to get off their property. Otherwise, those dogs would go back to the shelters they were rescued from and most likely be euthanized. There was a larger rescue operation going on at the same time. A group called Wings of Rescue was planning to fly close to 350 dogs out of the high kill environment in Southern California. This is a group of pilots who volunteer their time, small planes and fuel to fly animals. They do this every year during the holidays and this year was going to be the biggest effort yet.
So started the weeks of emailing, texting and phone calls. There were so many people, so many groups, so many logistical factors involved. It was a quite an effort. The flights were to take place on December 7th. Trevor and I were prepared for our two fosters. We would be meeting the plane to pick them up. One of our shelter board members, Mark, was going to pick up the other two dogs who were going to the shelter. Until the flight took off on Friday morning we didn't know for sure what dogs were coming.
Here is who ended up on those planes:
Lucey - a 10 year old Spaniel Mix. She had been in the shelter and rescue for 2 years. She was adopted with another dog and that dog died, she really wants a companion and her family didn't want another dog.
We were so excited to meet them! Several other local rescues were at the airport to meet the planes and all the news media was there. I was interview on at least two TV stations. Here is a picture of me and Lucey talking to Channel 2 news!
Shilo is still at home with us and is getting much better, he trusts us now but still bites at us when he feels afraid or unsure. I think a man was very mean to him. Its sad because he really loves Trevor and wants to lay on his lap and be by him, but he also gets angry if Trevor tries to move him or startles. him. We've got some more work to do, but he'll get there.
Columbus and Pocohantas are in foster care together and are requiring some potty training and extra patience. I just know we'll find the right place for all of them.
This was such a great thing to be a part of. It was good exposure for our little shelter and it was nice to help out other in the animal community. We are so fortunate to live in a place where animal shelters are so well supported and funded, animal welfare is highly regarded. Its not as good as it could be, but its way better than most other places and for that, I am grateful.