55 rescued dogs flew into the Hillsboro Airport on Friday, December 6th, via Wings of Rescue. Global Aviation hosted the operation.

Sharon Graugnard, a volunteer with Wings of Rescue, helps unload the 55 rescued dogs at Global Aviation’s hangar.

Braco, a 10-year old dalmation mix, was abandoned on a street corner in Lynwood, California. He awaits a car ride to his new home in Chehalis, Washington after having been flown to Oregon by Wings of Rescue.

Wings of Rescue, an all-volunteer organization dedicated to saving shelter animals from euthanasia, executed their largest rescue operation to date on the weekend of December 6th-8th.  500 abandoned dogs were flown out of California by 20 pilots who airlifted the animals to 14 destinations throughout the Northwest.  It was the group’s fourth holiday airlift.

Despite an Arctic blast that brought snowfall throughout the region, 200 volunteers participated in the effort, lead by Wings of Rescue Founder, Yehuda Netanel.  Global Aviation welcomed three planes and 55 canines around 1600 hours on Friday, December 6th.  They were transported to rescue groups in the area and will be placed quickly, as the holiday season is the time when most pet adoptions occur.

The cost of the operation was estimated at $100,000, which was partially covered by Wings of Rescue, a 501(c)3.  However, the majority of the budget came from the volunteer pilots who covered their own costs, which included the use of their own aircraft.


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