Humane Society to participate in national rescue program
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.