Oregon Coast Humane Society, based mostly in Florence, will obtain 18 small senior canine on the Eugene airport being despatched on a “Golden Years” flight to discover a residence.
“This flight was impressed by our partnership with a basis in California that is been sending small senior canine to us over the past yr, and this volunteer flight group has been an unimaginable advocate for shelter pets,” Oregon Coast Humane Society Government Director Elizabeth Thompson stated . “We’re so excited to satisfy the brand new arrivals and for continued assist in putting these very particular pets in properties,”
The next is data supplied by Pet Rescue Pilots.
For many of us the concept of flying 2,500 shelter pets to eternally properties looks as if a rare and unthinkable job. However for LA based mostly Pet Rescue Pilots and its rescue community, it is all a part of a day’s work.
And that day will likely be coming this Saturday, November 5 as Pet Rescue Pilots embarks on a milestone mission; touchdown their 2,five hundredth furry passenger in a loving eternally residence.
And this mission goes to be golden! To have fun this milestone, PRP Mission 125 will likely be a particular seniors-only flight carrying 20 senior shelter pets 856 miles from California to Oregon, elevating consciousness for seniors shelter pets and Undertake a Senior Shelter Pet Month.
Like so many senior pets in shelters, these 20 furry passengers are hoping to spend their golden years in loving properties. Fortunately, they are going to be touchdown within the loving arms of foster and eternally households, however that is not at all times the case.
Senior shelter pets are usually final to go away the shelter – if in any respect. With regards to adopting a shelter pet, senior canine solely have a 25% adoption charge in comparison with 60% adoption charge for puppies.
There are a lot of advantages to bringing a senior shelter pet residence, together with extra predictable personalities, potential to extra shortly adapt to new environment, present information of primary coaching and burglary, and their vitality stage is usually a greater match for pet guardians who can also be seniors themselves. As Elizabeth Thompson from Oregon Coast Humane Society explains: “When a pet is extra predictable, as is the case with senior canine, their placement additionally tends to be extra profitable. And we discover that the vitality stage and personalities of senior shelter pets works nicely with our personal senior neighborhood of fosters and adopters.”
Most canine are thought-about senior pets beginning on the age of seven or 8, which implies they nonetheless have a lifetime of affection to share with their pet guardians.
Touchdown these pets in loving eternally properties is a workforce effort. PRP works hand in hand with its rescue community, who for this flight embody rescue organizations RSQ209, Oregon Coast Humane Society, Cherished Once more Pets, and Bichons and Buddies.
Whereas PRP takes to the sky, The Grey Muzzle Group is supporting this rescue effort on the bottom.
Over the previous 14 years, the nationwide nonprofit Grey Muzzle Group has supplied greater than $3.8 million in grants to assist its imaginative and prescient of a world the place “each senior canine thrives and no outdated canine dies alone and afraid.”
As a part of their grant program, The Grey Muzzle Group has partnered with Pet Rescue Pilots to gasoline PRP Mission 125 and provides senior shelter pets in rural California an opportunity to seek out eternally properties and stay their golden years the place they belong: in loving arms.
“Due to the generosity of our donors, we’re delighted to assist deserving organizations like Pet Rescue Pilots make a distinction within the lives of canine and folks of their communities,” Grey Muzzle’s Government Director Lisa Lunghofer stated. “Many senior canine from rural California shelters are having fun with their golden years in loving properties because of the fantastic work of Pet Rescue Pilots and their rescue community.”
The group effort comes out of a need to assist senior pets in pressing want of rescue. Of the thousands and thousands of pets euthanized within the US, a handful of states account for the majority of that quantity, California being one among them. All pets in overcrowded California shelters and surrounding rural areas like Fresno, Stockton, and Bakersfield have a slim probability at being adopted, however these numbers lower by greater than half in terms of senior shelter pets.
And whereas California has a excessive euthanasia charge in rural areas, against this the Pacific Northwest has extra households seeking to undertake than shelter pets accessible for adoption.
By merely relocating these pets, PRP’s rescue community can make sure that their furry passengers are adopted into their eternally properties inside two weeks of arrival. Every pet that takes to the skies with PRP has a vetted plan in place upon arrival – they by no means fly shelter to shelter.
The LA-based non-profit group coordinates with rescue teams to fly homeless pets over nice distances, the place they’ve an opportunity at discovering a eternally residence. For this rescue mission, PRP is working with 4 pet rescue teams which have been vetted as a part of PRP’s rescue community.
“It is a group effort,” Pet Rescue Pilots Julian Javor stated. “For a lot of of those pets in shelters with excessive euthanasia charges and lack of open kennels, now we have to behave quick, so having dependable rescue companions like Oregon Coast Humane Society, RSQ209, Cherished Once more Pets, and Bichons and Buddies in place and able to take motion is paramount. And we could not take off with out beneficiant funding from The Grey Muzzle Group. We could be flying the airplane, however it takes the complete rescue community, in addition to funding from grants, to make the mission a hit and provides these treasured senior passengers one of the best probability at a second probability.”
For this flight, many of the senior shelter pets becoming a member of us landed in rural California shelters as strays, like 8-year-old Steven and 10-year-old Jordan. Shelters additionally typically see senior pets being surrendered as soon as their pet guardian has suffered a serious well being occasion or handed away, as is the case with 7-year-old Izzy who was surrendered to a rescue group when his pet guardian handed away and his different pet guardian went into assisted residing.
Like so lots of their youthful counterparts, our furry senior passengers get pleasure from cuddles, having their ears scratched, and a beneficiant serving of tasty treats.
These senior pups are pleasant with people, canine, and a few even get pleasure from feline pals.
Rescue by air shouldn’t be solely a much more environment friendly technique of saving pets – on this occasion three hours of flying vs. 16+ hours of driving – it is simpler, much less worrying for everybody, and much more snug for senior pets. “When pets fly with PRP it makes their journey to a eternally residence simpler,” explains Debbie Newton of RSQ209. “The canine really feel a lot safer and calmer through the flight reasonably than present process a prolonged street journey…and on our finish, the schedule and situation of the pets is way extra predictable and manageable – everybody wins!”
Most significantly; senior shelter canine.
- This will likely be Pet Rescue Pilots’ a hundred and twenty fifth rescue mission, flying its 2,five hundredth pet
- The gap lined with this flight is 856 miles, about three hours by air
- Transporting pets by air is extra environment friendly and humane, turning what may very well be a 16+ hour drive from California to Oregon right into a three-hour flight. For senior pets particularly, this additionally makes their journey to a eternally residence extra snug.
Pet Rescue Pilots (PRP) is a non-profit community that helps with the fast wants of pet rescue by relocation by air! PRP transports pets from the overcrowded metropolis and county shelters of California and lands them within the loving arms of rescue teams, foster households, and eternally properties throughout the west coast of the US and Canada. Rescue by air permits for extra pets to be saved, over better distances in much less time.
As of October 2022, Pet Rescue Pilots has flown over 164,000 miles and rescued greater than 2,500 pets.
The nationwide nonprofit The Grey Muzzle Group improves the lives of at-risk senior canine by offering funding and sources to animal shelters, rescue organizations, sanctuaries, and different nonprofit teams nationwide. For particulars, please go to www.greymuzzle.org
RSQ209 relies in northern California, and rescues stray, discarded and unloved pets to cut back shelter overpopulation and shield uncared for pets, with the intention of putting them in eternally properties. www.rsq209.com
Oregon Coast Humane Society, positioned in Florence, Oregon, is a no-kill shelter serving the animal welfare wants in Western Lane County. Comprised of volunteers and a dedicated skilled workers, they’re devoted to aiding homeless and abused companion animals and educating folks about animal-related points comparable to cruelty and pet overpopulation. Oregon Coast Humane Society serves each ends of the leash.
Love Once more Pets, a 501c3 charity, is a senior and particular wants canine rescue. They get about 80% of their canine from Southern California kill shelters. The canine are instantly checked by a veterinarian, who performs no matter surgical procedures which can be essential to convey the canine again to good well being. The rescue doesn’t use a boarding facility.
All canine are positioned in loving foster properties, the place points comparable to surgical restoration, potty coaching, and socialization happen. When the canine are prepared for adoption, they’re networked on social media, by adoption gala’s, and word-of-mouth. Cherished Once more Pets rescues canine that many would assume are unadoptable, resulting from age, medical state of affairs, or skittishness, and transforms them into canine which can be routinely adopted into loving, everlasting properties. Discover them on Fb.
Bichons and Buddies is a non-profit group based mostly in and serving Southern California. They’ve been devoted to the rescue of homeless and undesirable Bichons, Bichon mixes and different small canine breeds since 2004, guaranteeing they’re positioned in a eternally residence that may present them with the love and care they deserve. www.bichonsandbuddies.com
Pet Rescue Pilots soars on the wings of generosity. Donations may be made at petrescuepilots.org.