On behalf of the nearly 11,000 pets we have flown to safety this year and all of us at Wings of Rescue we want to thank you for your support and tell you what we’ve been up to in our last few eventful months and where we are going in the future. We are pleased to say that not only have we continued with our mission of flying pets from overcrowded, often high-kill, shelters to facilities where these pets have guaranteed safety, but we have also greatly expanded as we have become one of the leading emergency responders for pets in the country.
Because of our new association with charities including Greatergood.org, Freekibble, the Humane Society of the United States and our continued association with the ASPCA, Wings of Rescue has been flying nearly non-stop since the three Category 5 Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria struck. We are extremely proud of our disaster response program – and to date we have flown over 4,500 pets to safety from the hurricane zones, with over 2,500 of these pets coming from Puerto Rico alone. On each flight we have flown to the Caribbean we have brought in urgently needed humanitarian relief supplies – drinking water, medicines, baby food, diapers, batteries, generators, pet food etc. To date we have delivered over 100 tons of emergency supplies and our mission is ongoing.
We are extremely pleased with the free program we developed with The Sato Project in San Juan to reunite evacuated families from Puerto Rico with the pets they were forced to leave behind when the commercial airlines refused to transport them. By this weekend, we will have had the privilege of bringing 145 pets to Puerto Rican families forced to relocate to Florida and New Jersey and we have more reunion flights scheduled before the end of the year.
We are now being asked to help with the pets caught in the wildfires that are raging across California. The Ventura County shelter system has taken in over 1,500 owned animals since the Thomas fire erupted and they have requested our help. This week we will be flying a planeload of dogs, who had been in the shelter prior to the fires, to Canada. Not only will these dogs be quickly adopted – but their departure will open kennels that can be used to accommodate the dogs rescued from the fire, and we will continue to conduct these flights so long as our help is needed.
But we need your help to keep flying our lifesaving missions. Flying pets to safety and bringing in emergency supplies has been expensive. With all the emergencies of the last four months we have had to spend over two million dollars over and above our regular budget and weather forecasters are warning us that the 2018 hurricane season could be as bad as 2017.
Wings of Rescue is an all-volunteer organization. None of us are paid for our time or services. Every cent we take in is used to save pets and help people.
Wings of Rescue needs to be prepared to respond for 2018 disasters and for that we need your help. We ask that you please join the Wings of Rescue 2018 Flight Support team and keep us in the air by making a tax-free donation to Wings of Rescue. You can do it online by going to www.wingsofrescue.org/donate, or by mailing a check to:
Wings of Rescue
P.O. Box 6045
La Quinta, Ca. 92248
We thank you again!
Ric Browde President & CEO Wings of Rescue
Damian Cross CFO & Chief Pilot Wings of Rescue
Fera Mostow Vice President & General Counsel Wings of Rescue