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.
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.
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.
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 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 .
President & Board Member
Chairman of the Board
Harris was born in Hartford, Connecticut and attended the University of Connecticut and then UCLA Law School. He practiced business law and estate planning for more than 30 years as a partner at Ablon, Lewis, Bass & Gale, LLP. Harris serves as a director/trustee at several private foundations which have significant focus on animal welfare. From his association with such non-profit organizations, Wings of Rescue first came to Harris’s attention in 2013. Over the ensuing years, his involvement with the organization deepened and he is now, along with serving as its Chairman, instrumental in helping with recruiting, charitable bequests, legal and regulatory issues, insurance, and other administrative and operational matters. Harris lives in Southern California.
Ashley joined Wings of Rescue in 2022. After graduating from the University of Arizona with a degree in Psychology, Ashley began her career working in logistics shipping multimillion dollar classic and exotic cars. Inspired by the opportunity to give pets a second chance, Ashley uses her extensive background in logistics to handle the operations and logistics of our flights. In her free time Ashley can be found hiking, reading, doing puzzles, volunteering, or spending time with her two pups Jax and Oliver.
Director of Social Media
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.
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].