CREATED Jul. 15, 2013
THERMAL - On Monday morning, a pilot from the volunteer organization "Wings of Rescue" airlifted 18 shelter dogs from Thermal to Calgary, Canada to new foster families. The volunteer organization flys shelter animals to other rescue organizations in the West Coast, and this was the second time they flew dogs out of Thermal. The first time was in June, and they only took eight dogs.
From Chihuahua mixes to poodles, 15 of the dogs came from the Animal Care Center in Indio and three from Pet Rescue in Coachella.
"This is big that they've had such good success with the last flight that they've asked for more," said the trip's organizer, Lisa Blodgett.
With teary eyes, she expressed this was a heartwarming time for the volunteers that helped with this new transition for the dogs. Blodgett is used to taking care of some of the shelter dogs at her home and then giving them up when they've been adopted.
"The fosters from the Little Mutt Society will all be there at the airport waiting for them, so they already know who they're going to get," said Blodgett.
All the dogs' crates are labeled and have a plastic bag zip-tied to the front with the necessary travel paperwork inside such as their pet passports and vaccination information.
"Today at the end of their journey, they'll go home to a warm bed and a foster parent, so I just think it's a great opportunity," said one of the animal shelter volunteers, Lyn Thornton.
The Animal Care Center in Indio will be closing August 31st, and the staff has until then to find new homes for the 46 small dogs that are left. For more information on how to adopt a dog from the shelter, call (760) 391-4051.