When disaster strikes Wings of Rescue responds quickly. From September 1, 2019 Hurricane Dorian pummeled the Bahamian islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama for three days leaving an unimaginable path of destruction, Marsh Harbour was reduced to rubble and the eastern side of Grand Bahama was devastated. Dorian took a heavy toll on humans – and the true death total will probably never be known. For pets the consequences were far worse.
Within hours of the islands’ airport opening Wings of Rescue cargo planes landed on both Grand Bahama and Abaco carrying planeloads of humanitarian and pet supplies. We worked closely with IFAW (the International Fund for Animal Welfare) and the Greatergood.org to bring pets displaced by the catastrophe to temporary shelters where they could hopefully be reunited with their families. Those pets who were not reunited were photographed, with their pictures loaded into Finding Rover and quarantined for one month. At the conclusion of the quarantine period Wings of Rescue began flying these pets out on October 4th with a flight of cats and dogs to Delaware’s Brandywine Valley SPCA and Portland Maine’s Animal Refuge League.
As of October 7th, Wings of Rescue has flown 37 flights into the Bahamas, carrying 450 cats, dogs, rabbits and one cockatoo to safety, while delivering 140,486 pounds of humanitarian and pet aid to the stricken nation. In addition to the Bahamas pets we have been helping children whose lives were turned upside down. We have adopted a class of autistic children and are pleased to have flown them games, crayons, candy and 8 brand new guitars donated by rockstar Jon Mayer .
The recovery in the Bahamas is not going to happen overnight and Wings of Rescue’s commitment to the island nation’s pets and people is to stay as long as we are needed.