Ruffly 600 dogs, cats and kittens landed at Boeing Field aboard the largest Wings of Rescue flight in the organization’s history. Wings of Rescue flies animals from high-intake and/or high-kill shelters to no-kill shelters in other parts of the country. So far, the nonprofit has flown almost 100 flights, carrying thousands of pets to safer shelters. The organization has also flown humanitarian aid to the Bahamas.
The furry friends touched down on Oct. 29 and were transferred to 13 local shelters before the flight continued east to Walla Walla, Washington, and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. They were escorted to partner shelters, where teams will process them and get the pets-to-be ready to meet their new human servants.
Approximately 35 of the animals will be transferred to Seattle Humane. According to comments on the Seattle Humane site, people are already applying to adopt them, sight unseen.
Seattle Humane does not describe itself as a “no-kill” shelter, but says that it has a 98.8 percent “save rate,” meaning the vast majority of animals that come through its doors leave as pets. The organization is also part of the Pet Alliance of Washington, which strives to ensure that 90 percent of pets who come into shelters go into loving homes.
Ashley Archibald is a Staff Reporter covering local government, policy and equity. Have a story idea? She can be can reached at ashleya (at) realchangenews (dot) org. Follow Ashley on Twitter @AshleyA_RC.
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