Hu­mane So­ci­ety to par­tic­i­pate in na­tional res­cue pro­gram

The Saline Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By Sarah Perry [email protected]­ton­courier.com

As most peo­ple will be sleep­ing in Saturday morn­ing, staff from the Hu­mane So­ci­ety of Sa­line County along with sev­eral vol­un­teers will be load­ing more than 50 an­i­mals onto a plane so they can find a new place to call home.

Through the Wings of Res­cue pro­gram, 53 an­i­mals will be taken from the Sa­line County Re­gional Air­port to north­ern states.

Ac­cord­ing to Wings of Res­cue, the pro­gram “flies large-scale trans­ports of at-risk pets from dis­as­ter ar­eas and over­crowded shel­ters to shel­ters where there is empty ken­nel space and, most im­por­tantly, where no lo­cal shel­ter pets are dis­placed by our flights. No pet trans­ported on a Wings of Res­cue flight can be eu­th­a­nized, nor can any lo­cal shel­ter pet be eu­th­a­nized to make room for a pet trans­ported by Wings of Res­cue.”

Since the pro­gram started in 2013, the Wings of Res­cue has flown more than 35,000 an­i­mals. The res­cue planes have touched down in 44 states, three Cana­dian prov­i­dences, as

well as Puerto Rico and both the United States and Bri­tish Virgin Is­lands.

This is not the first time the Hu­mane So­ci­ety has worked with the Wings of Res­cue pro­gram.

Last month, 168 an­i­mals in­clud­ing 58 an­i­mals from the Hu­mane So­ci­ety Bryant An­i­mal Con­trol were taken by Wings of Res­cue to

Shel­ters in north­ern states.

The an­i­mals trans­ported through the Wings of Res­cue pro­gram will be taken to ar­eas that have spay and neuter laws in place. Shel­ters in these ar­eas are lack­ing an­i­mals.

“Peo­ple are wait­ing for the an­i­mals to get there,” said Hu­mane So­ci­ety Di­rec­tor Ann Sanders,

adding that if the an­i­mals weren’t trans­ported, res­i­dents in those ar­eas would have to pur­chase from puppy mills.

Lo­cated in Baux­ite, a city with a pop­u­la­tion of 400 peo­ple, the Hu­mane So­ci­ety takes in four times more an­i­mals than the pop­u­la­tion each year, Sanders said.

This year the Hu­mane So­ci­ety has taken in about 900 an­i­mals. Sanders ex­pects the shel­ter will take in more than 1,600 by the end of the year.

The Hu­mane So­ci­ety takes more an­i­mals than can pos­si­bly be adopted, so the staff has to find other means for the cats and dogs to find for­ever homes.

Along with work­ing with Wings of Res­cue, the shel­ter reg­u­larly pro­vides adopt­able cats for four Pets­mart stores and par­tic­i­pates in dog adop­tion events at the busi­ness.

To learn more about the Hu­mane So­ci­ety of Sa­line County or to see adopt­able an­i­mals, in­di­vid­u­als can visit www.hssaline.org.

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