LAFAYETTE, La (KLFY) – More than 100 pets pulled from shelters across the state since last month’s flood took flight from Lafayette Thursday morning, bound for their new loving homes.
The pets are headed to no-kill shelters in the northern part of the country.
“They’re going to Utah, Oregon, Washington, and even Canada, and they’ll get adopted within a week,” said Cindy Smith, Co-founder of Wings of Rescue.
Wings of Rescue is responsible for the transport of about 120 pets.
“We fly pets that are at risk of being euthanized in overcrowded high-kill shelters to areas where they are quickly adopted to our no-kill rescue partners,” said Smith.
Acadiana Animal Aid has been leading the efforts of pulling and prepping the animals for this day.
“It’s taken us about a week to accumulate all of these animals that came from 10 different kill shelters throughout the state,” said Melinda Falgout, President of Acadiana Animal Aid.
Falgout says they got involved with the pet airlift through Best Friends Animal Society.
“They called us and said ‘hey, we have this partnership with Wings of Rescue and they called us and said we can raise money and do a flight for you guys’ and we said ‘yay! We’re in, come on down,’” said Falgout.
Falgout says over the course of four weeks they’ve had about six transports each week, airlifting more than 600 pets from across the state.
“It’s a huge relief!,” said Carley Faughn, Executive Director of Acadiana Animal Aid. “We’ve been working really hard for several weeks ever since the flood came.”
Moving forward, Smith says pet lovers can be rest assured that the animals will be well taken care of.
“We thoroughly vet our receiving rescue partners,” said Smith. “We make sure that they are not displacing any of their own local pets before we bring them more.”
Futhermore, animal advocates just stress the importance of spaying and neutering your pets to help eliminate pet overpopulation at local shelters.
Acadiana Animal Aid representatives say Wings of Rescue raised enough money for two more flights that will go out over the next couple of weeks.