Pilots N Paws Partners with the ASPCA for Pacific Coast Flyway!
April 26, 2013
ASPCA Teams Up With Pilots N Paws for Pacific Coast Rescue Event
More than 170 homeless dogs will get the ride of their lives
NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced that it is teaming up with Pilots N Paws to transport more than 170 dogs from shelters in Southern California to shelters in Oregon and Washington in multiple operations scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 27, 2013 and Tuesday April 30, 2013.
On the morning of Saturday, April 27, the first set of approximately 73 animals will leave Los Angeles Animal Services’ West Valley Shelter and Best Friends Pet Adoption & Spay Neuter Center – where they’ve been housed and prepared for transport – and will be brought to the Long Beach airport. They’ll be loaded onto 22 planes flown by Pilots N Paws volunteer pilots as they begin the voyage north. Upon arrival in Fresno, Calif., the dogs will board a second set of 13 planes and Pilots N Paws volunteer pilots will fly them the rest of the way to northern California.
After landing at the airport in Redding, Calif., the dogs will be met by a ground transport funded by the ASPCA and driven by volunteers and staff from Kitsap Humane Society in Silverdale, Wash. After walks, dinner and fresh water, the dogs will then be driven overnight to Kitsap Humane Society and Seattle Humane Society (in Bellevue, Wash.), where they will arrive and settle in by Sunday morning. The dogs eventually will be put up for adoption in Washington.
In addition to this exciting flight event, a ground transport carrying an additional 100 dogs will leave Riverside (Calif.) County Department of Animal Services a few days later on Tuesday, April 30. This transport, funded by the ASPCA and provided by California organization S.T.A.R.T. Rescue (Shelter Transport Animal Rescue Team), will deliver dogs to various organizations and rescue groups in Washington and Oregon (see below for a complete list of participating organizations).
“The ASPCA is excited to partner with Pilots N Paws and all these wonderful source and destination shelters and transport groups to save the lives of these dogs,” said Kristen Limbert, director of animal relocation for the ASPCA. “We’re proud to be able to safely bring them up to the Northwest, where they are more likely to find homes than in southern California. We would never be able to do this without the collaboration among these organizations. It’s amazing the difference we can make for animals when we all work together.”
“Pilots N Paws is honored to be working with the ASPCA, our partners Subaru and Petmate, and numerous rescue organizations to fly these abandoned animals to safe havens,” added Debi Boies, co-founder of Pilots N Paws.
This transport event would not be possible without the participation of the following organizations: Subaru of America; Petmate; Los Angeles Animal Services in Los Angeles, Calif.; Best Friends Pet Adoption & Spay Neuter Center in Los Angeles; Kitsap Humane Society in Silverdale, Wash.; Seattle Humane Society in Bellevue, Wash.; Riverside County Department of Animal Services in Riverside, Calif.; S.T.A.R.T Rescue (Shelter Transport Animal Rescue Team) in Valley Village, Calif.; Heartland Humane Society in Corvallis, Ore.; Luv A Bull in Eugene, Ore.; My Way Home Dog Rescue in Sandy, Ore.; Safe Haven Humane Society in Albany, Ore.; Smidget Rescue in Auburn, Wash.; Snipped in Coos Bay, Ore.; Willamette Humane Society in Salem, Ore.; Hopes Haven in Salem, Ore.; Puget Sound Rescue in Auburn, Wash; R.A.I.N. Rescuing Animals in Need in Federal Way, Wash.; Signature Flight Support of Orlando, Fla.; Long Beach Airport in Long Beach, Calif.; Fresno International Airport in Fresno, Calif.; and Redding Jet Center and Redding Municipal Airport in Redding, Calif.
Alison Jimenez, ASPCA / (212) 876-7700 ext. 4568 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathleen Quinn, Pilots N Paws / (202) 642-3608 / email@example.com
Jessica Miller, START Rescue / (314) 280-8231 / Jessica@STARTRescue.org
About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
About Pilots N Paws
Pilots N Paws is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization who through the help of general aviation volunteer pilots transport rescue animals by air. The mission of Pilots N Paws is to provide a user-friendly website communication venue between those that rescue, shelter, and foster animals and pilots and plane owners willing to assist with the transportation of these animals. The goal of Pilots N Paws is to continue to promote awareness of animal overpopulation and to implement education programs to end this problem in our lifetime. Founded in February of 2008, Pilots N Paws continues to make a difference in the lives of innocent animals. Please visit Pilots N Paws at www.pilotsnpaws.org, on Facebook and Twitter.
About Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 600 dealers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For additional information, visit www.subaru.com.
Petmate, a dedicated sponsor of the Pilots N Paws organization, provides the volunteer pilots with kennels, collars, leashes and seatbelts to ensure the safe relocation of homeless pets looking for a second chance. Petmate is dedicated to the safe transport of all animals, those that already have forever homes and those that are still searching. Join us as we work to raise awareness about a wonderful program that brings creativity, compassion, and practical problem-solving together to save animals. For more information on Petmate and its products, visit www.petmate.com