Wings of Rescue is proud of our accomplishments this year. Because of your generous donations we have flown 130 rescue flights in 2016 including almost 10,000 pets (including over 1,500 cats and 70 rabbits) to safety.
In 2017, our goal is to fly 12,000 pets to a second chance but, our mission is going to be even greater. Our goal is eventually not be needed and to go out of business! To reach this goal, we need to end the number of unwanted pets flooding our animal shelters. Educating pet owners about the importance of surgically altering their pets and offering free and low cost spay/neuter services are the only answers to this problem.
In 2017 Wings of Rescue will be funding many spay/neuter events. We have entered into an agreement with the Bakersfield City Shelter to provide free spays and neuters to the homeless community and to start a trap and release program for the feral cat colonies. We will also be sponsoring spay and neuter events in Livermore, California.
We are also pleased to announce that we have been involved in improving the health of shelter pets. In August this year, we began working with noted homeopath Paddy Canales to help end the epidemics of parvo and upper respiratory diseases that affect shelter pets. We have sponsored a trial program at the Kootenai Humane Society in Hayden Idaho and are extremely pleased to say that we have made great strides in ending these diseases and brought the cost of treatment for these diseases down to a few dollars rather than the hundreds it now costs. The trial program is being expanded next year into the Bakersfield shelter and we hope to be publishing a formal study of our findings in late 2017.
Wings of Rescue is not just a shelter pet transport organization, we are concerned with the welfare of all shelter pets and are committed to saving as many pets as we possibly can through transport/relocation, health innovation and spay/neuter. To grow and succeed we need your help! No pet should die because they are unwanted or because they have an easily treated disease. Your donations have made our 2016 mission possible and for that we are extremely grateful. We hope you will help us make 2017 even better!