More than 600 dogs and cats were flown from Hawaii to Seattle on October 29 in what is known as the largest pet rescue flight in history.
Hawaiian authorities have decided to airlift the animals on a chartered flight in an effort to reduce the number of dogs and cats in shelters in the island state.
The animals have been moved from overcrowded shelters in five Hawaiian islands to less overcrowded shelters in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana, where they will be available for adoption.
âAnimal shelters in Hawaii are in crisis of COVID-19,â said Liz Baker, CEO of Honolulu-based Greater Good Charities KHN. “Normal operations have been affected by months of downtime, an economic downturn, limited hours and routine flights to the mainland disrupted.”
Denise Bash, director of disaster response for Greater Good Charities, said the move was “100% disaster response.”
Hawaiian Humane Society Director of Communications Daniel Roselle said Hawaii News Now that all animals that have been transported have been assessed first.
âWe looked at the age. We have just examined the general general state of health. We looked at the temperament. There are obvious restrictions, including breed restrictions, in some places, âhe said.
The program, called Paws Across the Pacific, was supported by 24 organizations, including Greater Good Charities, the Banfield Foundation, VCA Charities, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, the Petco Foundation and Royal Canin.
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