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. Hurricane 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) the Greatergood.org and PetSmart Charities 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.
Wings of Rescue has flown 38 flights into the Bahamas, carrying 499 cats, dogs, rabbits and one cockatoo to safety, while delivering 142,233 pounds of humanitarian and pet aid to the stricken nation. We also brought in supplies so that our friends at Rescue Rebuild could rebuild the devastated Grand Bahama Humane Society. Additionally to our aiding the Bahamian pets, we have been helping children whose lives were turned upside downand have adopted a class of autistic children. We 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 – and have already flown one relief flight in 2020 and have another scheduled for later this year.
In 2019 we also responded to Hurricane Barry in Louisiana, wildfires in California, and flooding in Arkansas and Oklahoma
In 2018, Wings of Rescue in partnership with the Greatergood.org and Tito’s Handmade Vodka responded by sending planes to respond to Hurricanes Michael in Florida and Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas
In 2017 Wings of Rescue responding to the three catastrophic hurricanes, Harvey, Irma and Maria. We flew over 70 cargo planes bringing in nearly 175,000 pounds of aid into devastated parts of Puerto Rico and flying out over 4,500 pets from the hurricane zones in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
When disaster strikes, Wings of Rescue is committed to flying to the heart of the disaster zone quickly to act as the Red Cross of pets, bringing in emergency supplies – both pet and human – and flying out shelter pets to make room for the tidal wave of incoming pets who hopefully will be reunited with their families.