Our Long-Term Goal is to Go Out of Business

Ideally, a day will come when we will no longer be called upon to fly at risk shelter pets and we can shift our efforts to other aspects of pet rescue and welfare. We believe that through proper public education and outreach regarding responsible pet ownership (including teaching about the necessity for pet vaccination and providing heartworm and flea and tick prevention medication), along with effective spay-and-neuter programs, it is achievable to reduce pet populations to better match up with local adoption demand. That will, we hope, greatly reduce the need for large-scale air transports like ours to help transport pets from overcrowded areas.

Until then, we have our work cut out for us and believe that air transportation of overlooked and forsaken pets is the most immediate and direct way for us to make a big difference and reduce euthanasia rates. Our flights save thousands of dogs and cats each year and bring great joy to the families and individuals who adopt and care for them.

We Work Closely with Our Many Partner Shelters 

Though pet over-population is a global crisis, we know that effective solutions begin at the local level where dedicated rescue workers and volunteers put in the hard work to save pets. Our role is to help those groups by widening the options they have in placing unwanted pets into new homes.

Our Network is Extensive, Efficient and Responsive

Thanks to our broad network of pilots, transportation professionals, and logistics experts, we are able to efficiently transport large numbers of pets, keeping our cost-per-pet-saved as low as possible and an affordable and practical option in the arsenal of tools available to the rescue community.

We Respond Quickly, Decisively and With Authority As an organization with low overhead and little bureaucracy, we can get our planes in the air and on their way to help pets within hours of a triggering event. Our rescue partners on the ground know that with a single phone call they will have our complete attention, timely response and full support..

Meet the Wings of Rescue Core Team

We depend on a large network of shelter and rescue-group partners and volunteers, pilots willing to give their time, and many corporate supporters and individual donors. Our core management and leadership team all bring experience and a strong commitment to saving pets.

Ric Browde

President and Board Member

Ric has been a shelter volunteer and animal activist in Los Angeles since 2003 and joined Wings of Rescue in 2014 – becoming a Board Member in 2015.  Ric’s background includes being an author, musician, record producer, songwriter and arranger, earning platinum albums with Poison, Joan Jett and Ted Nugent among others.  He wrote the novel “While I’m Dead…Feed the Dog” which was turned into the motion picture “Behaving Badly.”  Since graduating from Cornell University, Ric has lived and worked in various locations across the United States and Europe and recently moved from Beverly Hills California to the East Coast with his wife, Holly and their large pack of rescue dogs .

Fera Mostow

Board Member

Originally from Chicago, Fera has been practicing law in California (and is also licensed to practice law in Illinois and Nevada), for more than 35 years, first as an attorney for the Internal Revenue Service, and later as an entertainment lawyer for Paramount Pictures and the Walt Disney Studios.  She also has a masters degree in psychology and is a licensed marriage and family therapist.  After retiring from Disney, Fera first volunteered and then worked for the Palm Springs Animal Shelter in the vet clinic, running the surgical recovery room and handling their spay/neuter programs. Fera is currently on the board of Animal Samaritans, which runs two veterinary clinics and an adoption center.  Fera joined Wings of Rescue in August 2015 and was made a member of the Board of Directors in December of 2016. Fera lives in Indio California with her partner and five cats – Arthur, Doodles, Angus, Cali and Abigail.
Lisa McGuire

Director of Social Media

Lisa is an award-winning film and television producer whose past works have premiered at festivals including Cannes and Tribecca. She has produced over 40 projects, including the feature film THIS IS HAPPENING starring Cloris Leachman, James Wolk, and Mickey Sumner. In addition to her work with Wings of Rescue, Lisa is involved with A Walk On Water (“AWOW”), a nonprofit that provides Surf Therapy to children with unique needs. Lisa received her BFA with honors from the Florida State University School of Motion Picture, Television, and Recording Arts and currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons, three cats and a horse.ç

Gene Gable

Media Relations/Website

Gene has been with Wings of Rescue for four years and handles media relations and oversees the Wings of Rescue website. Gene is retired from a career in publishing, having held both editorial and management positions at a number of large technology publishers where he worked primarily in magazine and book publishing. Additionally, Gene worked in  event production producing large technology and graphic arts trade shows and educational conferences  in San Francisco, Boston and New York. For the last 15 years Gene worked as an executive in the venture-capital industry for an investment firm with over $4 billion under management. He lives in Petaluma , California with his wife Patty and 6 rescue pets.

Our Fleet of Pressurized Aircraft

When Wings of Rescue started in 2012, we primarily used volunteer pilots flying their own planes. It quickly became clear, however, that the most efficient, safest and cost-effective way to save pet lives was to deploy larger, fully pressurized aircraft which could fly into a variety of conditions and airports, both in the United States and internationally. We currently use several aircraft, depending on the particular need, distance being flown and other considerations.

Embraer Brasilia 120 Turboprop

The Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia is a twin turboprop airliner used extensively for passenger and freight operations around the world. Introduced in 1985, the plane quickly became a staple of the commuter-airline industry and is now used primarily for cargo transportation. The Brasilia is fully pressurized and temperature controlled, and all pets are flown in the main cabin by a crew consisting of pilot and copilot, along with a designated Wings of Rescue flight coordinator. It has a range of over 1,000 miles and can cruise at speeds up to 425 MPH.

Pilatus PC-12

The Pilatus PC-12 is a single-engine turboprop passenger and cargo aircraft manufactured by Pilatus Aircraft of Stans, Switzerland, since 1991. The PC-12 is the best-selling pressurized single-engine turbine-powered aircraft in the world and is designed to safely fly in a variety of conditions and rugged environments. With a cruise speed of 328 MPH and a range of over 2,000 miles, the Pilatus is perfect for many of our smaller transports and can be flown by a single pilot or in a pilot/co-pilot configuration.

If You Are a Pilot and Would Like to Fly for Us

Wings of Rescue is looking for volunteer pilots with their own pressurized planes to fly missions for us. If you are a pilot with a pressurized aircraft, we’d love to hear from you. Please send us a brief email with contact information stating the type of plane you own, your home airport, general availability and any other pertinent information for us to consider. Please be sure to include your phone number and best time to call, then send your email to [email protected].

How to Contact Us

For general inquiries, please send an email to [email protected]

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  Wings of Rescue

  P.O. Box 602030

  San Diego, California 92160

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