In Phoenix, Arizona, overcrowding in shelters has become a very serious issue. So much so, a dog rescue group has taken extreme measures to save the lives of dogs in these shelters. Nearly 160 dogs were recently boarded onto a plane and transported from Arizona all the way to the state of Delaware in order to save their lives from euthanasia. These dogs all came from an extremely overcrowded shelter in the state, where they were at a very real risk of being killed in order to save on space.
The cost of the flight was supported by a group called GreaterGood.org, which is a charity that is dedicated to improving the well being and health of pets, people, and the planet. The flight itself was coordinated by a group called Wings of Rescue, which uses airplanes to remove animals like dogs from any sort of risky situation. There were nearly twenty rescuers on hand from the local SPCA in Brandywine Valley and from St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center to unload the dogs and transport them to new shelters in Delaware.
It was a team effort to be sure, not only coordinating the dogs’ transportation from Arizona but also to safely arrive in Delaware and be moved to new homes quickly. Each of the dogs received food and water upon arrival and will receive medical checkups and vaccinations to ensure they are healthy and ready for their new homes. This arrival of dogs is a win win situation: removing them from Arizona gives more space in those shelters for new dogs and will give residents of Delaware more options when looking to adopt dogs into their homes.
This airlift isn’t a first for the Brandywine Valley SPCA, however. This is the second such effort this year, when they also moved 250 animals from Phoenix to Los Angeles in June to free up shelter space. All of those animals are now in new homes!