Hawai’i to participate in ‘biggest pet rescue flight in history’

(BIVN) – In what’s known as the largest pet rescue flight in history, the Hawai’i Island Humane Society and Aloha ‘Ilio Rescue partner with two charities to airlift more than 600 dogs and cats in refuge towards the American continent.

Hawaii Island Humane Society and Aloha ‘Ilio Rescue partner with Greater Good Charities and Wings of Rescue to transport over 40 shelter dogs and cats from the island of Hawaii to the mainland by joining the Paws Across the Pacific initiative . Greater Good Charities and Wings of Rescue fly over 600 Hawaiian shelter dogs and cats to the Americas, making Paws Across the Pacific the largest pet rescue flight in history.

“Sometimes, despite our best efforts, animals end up in our care for long periods of time. Our teams worked together to select the animals that would ultimately make amazing pets for humans when given the opportunity. We considered not only those who would be best served by this transport, but also the animals best suited for air transport, ”said Lauren Nickerson, director of community programs for the Hawaii Island Humane Society.

“Lauren and I worked together to select canine candidates from Rainbow Friends Animal Sanctuary. We are grateful to the volunteers at Rainbow Friends Animal Sanctuary for helping us select some really great dogs for their journey to their forever homes,” said Daylynn Kyles, President and Founder of Aloha ‘Ilio Rescue.

The teams work together to prepare pets for transport. Highly adoptable animals will remain in our collective care and will be available for adoption locally until they are ready to go. Mahalo to Dr Caitlin Cavanaugh, Dr Beth Jose and Dr Kristina Henricks for the work involved in preparing these animals for the Pacific crossing. These healthy, loving pets are moved from the island of Hawaii to shelters in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana, where they will be quickly adopted into loving homes forever.

“Animal shelters in Hawaii are in a COVID-19 crisis. Normal operations have been affected by months of closure, an economic downturn, limited hours and routine flights to the mainland interrupted, ”said Liz Baker, CEO of Greater Good Charities. “The Paws Across the Pacific flight is urgently needed to make room in Hawaii’s shelters for at-risk animals who might otherwise not be able to receive the care they need to survive.”

On the evening of October 28, Paws Across the Pacific will board more than 600 dogs and cats from a shelter aboard a chartered Hercules C-130 aircraft that will stop in Kauai, Oahu, Maui and the island of Hawaii. Hawaii shelter partners include the Kauai Humane Society, Hawaiian Humane Society, Lanai Cat Sanctuary, Hawaii Island Humane Society, Maui Humane Society, Aloha ‘Ilio Rescue, and Kauai SPCA.

The C-130 Hercules with more than 2,500 furry paws is expected to arrive at Boeing Field in Seattle late morning on October 29, where pet shelters and rescue groups will pick them up, while 120 of the shelter’s animals continue their journey to Walla Walla. and Coeur d’Alene. Shelter partners on the continent include: PAWS, The NOAH Center, Seattle Humane, Humane Society of Skagit Valley, Kitsap Humane, Oregon Humane, Southwest Washington Humane, Kootenai Humane Society, Seattle Area Feline Rescue, Tracs, Spokanimal, Blue Mountain Humane Society and Embrace an Abandoned Pet Society.

The Paws Across the Pacific Airlift is conducted in coordination with the Hawaii Veterinary Medical Association to ensure the safety and health of pets on the flight. In addition to sending pets to their new families, Greater Good Charities and The Animal Rescue Site are providing essential enrichment and medical supplies to help Hawaii’s shelters and protected pets.

Paws Across the Pacific is made possible thanks to the support from the John R. Peterson Foundation, The Animal Rescue Site, Banfield Foundation, VCA Charities, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, the Petco Foundation, Royal Canin and Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation.

courtesy of the Hawai’i Island Humane Society

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