The Florence-based Oregon Coast Humane Society will receive 18 small senior dogs at Eugene airport who will be sent on a “Golden Years” flight to find homes.
“This flight was inspired by our partnership with a foundation in California that sent us small senior dogs over the past year, and this volunteer flight group has been an incredible advocate for shelter animals,” said Elizabeth. Thompson, executive director of the Oregon Coast Humane Society. . “We are excited to meet the newcomers and continue to help us place these very special pets into homes,”
The following information is provided by Pet Rescue Pilots.
For most of us, the idea of transporting 2,500 pets from shelters to forever homes seems like an extraordinary and unthinkable task. But for Los Angeles-based Pet Rescue Pilots and its rescue network, it’s all part of the day job.
And that day will come this Saturday, November 5 as Pet Rescue Pilots embark on a landmark mission; landing their 2,500th furry passenger in a forever loving home.
And this mission is going to be golden! To celebrate this milestone, PRP Mission 125 will be a special seniors-only flight carrying 20 senior citizen shelter pets 856 miles from California to Oregon, raising awareness of senior citizen shelter pets and Adopt a month old pet shelter for the elderly.
Like so many senior pets in shelters, these 20 furry passengers hope to spend their golden years in loving homes. Fortunately, they will land in the loving arms of foster families forever, but that’s not always the case.
Seniors’ shelter pets are usually the last to leave the shelter, if at all. When it comes to adopting a pet from a shelter, senior dogs only have a 25% adoption rate compared to 60% for puppies.
There are many benefits to bringing a pet home to a seniors shelter, including more predictable personalities, the ability to adapt more quickly to new surroundings, existing knowledge of basic training, and burglary, and their energy level often matches better with pet sitters who may also be the elderly themselves. As Elizabeth Thompson of the Oregon Coast Humane Society explains, “When a pet is more predictable, as is the case with older dogs, their placement also tends to be more effective. And we find that the energy levels and personalities of seniors’ shelter pets work well with our own community of foster and adoptive families.
Most dogs are considered senior pets from the age of 7 or 8, which means they still have a lifetime of love to share with their caretakers.
Landing these pets into forever loving homes is a team effort. PRP works hand in hand with its rescue network, which for this flight includes rescue organizations RSQ209, Oregon Coast Humane Society, Loved Again Pets and Bichons and Buddies.
While PRP takes flight, The Gray Muzzle Organization supports this rescue effort on the ground.
Over the past 14 years, the national nonprofit organization Gray Muzzle has provided more than $3.8 million in grants to support its vision of a world where “every senior dog thrives and no senior dog dies alone. and scared”.
As part of its grant program, The Gray Muzzle Organization has partnered with Pet Rescue Pilots to power PRP Mission 125 and give pets from rural California seniors’ shelters a chance to find forever homes. and to live their golden years where they belong: in loving arms.
“Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we’re thrilled to help deserving organizations like Pet Rescue Pilots make a difference in the lives of dogs and people in their communities,” said Lisa Lunghofer, CEO of Gray Muzzle. . “Many senior dogs in California’s rural shelters are enjoying their golden years in loving homes thanks to the wonderful work of pet rescue pilots and their rescue network.”
The group effort comes from a desire to help senior pets in dire need of rescue. Of the millions of euthanized pets in the United States, a handful of states account for the bulk of that number, California being one of them. All pets in crowded California shelters and surrounding rural areas like Fresno, Stockton, and Bakersfield have a low chance of being adopted, but those numbers drop by more than half when it comes to pets. for the elderly.
And while California has a high euthanasia rate in rural areas, by contrast, the Pacific Northwest has more families looking to adopt than pets available for adoption.
By simply moving these pets, the PRP Rescue Network can ensure that their furry passengers are adopted into their forever home within two weeks of arrival. Every pet that flies with PRP has a verified plan in place upon arrival – they never fly from shelter to shelter.
The Los Angeles-based nonprofit coordinates with rescue groups to transport homeless animals great distances, where they have a chance of finding a forever home. For this rescue mission, PRP is working with four pet rescue groups that have been vetted as part of the PRP Rescue Network.
“It’s a group effort,” said Julian Javor, Pet Rescue Pilots. “For many of these pets in shelters with high euthanasia rates and a lack of open kennels, we need to act quickly, so have reliable rescue partners like Oregon Coast Humane Society, RSQ209, Loved Again Pets and Bichons and Buddies in place and ready for action is paramount. And we couldn’t take off without the generous funding from The Gray Muzzle Organization. We may be flying the plane, but it takes the entire rescue network, along with grant funding, to make the mission a success and give these precious elderly passengers the best shot at a second chance.
For this flight, most of the senior citizens’ shelter pets who joined us landed in rural California shelters as strays, like 8-year-old Steven and 10-year-old Jordan. Shelters also often see older pets being abandoned after their caretaker has suffered a major health issue or died, as is the case with 7-year-old Izzy, who was handed over to a rescue group when her caretaker died and her other pet. parent entered assisted living.
Like so many of their younger counterparts, our furry senior passengers enjoy cuddles, ear scratching and a generous helping of tasty treats.
These senior puppies are friendly with humans, dogs, and some even love feline friends.
Air rescue isn’t just a much more efficient way to save pets – in this case, three hours of flying versus 16+ hours of driving – it’s easier, less stressful for everyone and many more comfortable for older pets. “When pets travel with PRP, it makes their journey to a forever home easier,” says RSQ209’s Debbie Newton. “Dogs feel much safer and calmer during the flight rather than enduring a long car journey…and from our end, the pets’ schedule and condition is much more predictable and manageable – everybody wins !”
The most important; shelter dogs for the elderly.
- This will be Pet Rescue Pilots 125th rescue mission, piloting their 2,500th pet
- The distance traveled with this flight is 856 miles, or about three hours by plane
- Transporting pets by air is more efficient and humane, turning what could be over a 16-hour drive from California to Oregon into a three-hour flight. For senior pets in particular, it also makes their journey to a forever home more comfortable.
Pet Rescue Pilots (PRP) is a non-profit network that meets the immediate rescue needs of pets by relocating them by air! PRP transports pets from crowded California city and county shelters and places them into the loving arms of rescue groups, foster families and forever homes on the West Coast of the United States and Canada . Air rescue saves more animals, over greater distances in less time.
As of October 2022, Pet Rescue Pilots have traveled over 164,000 miles and rescued over 2,500 pets.
The national nonprofit The Gray Muzzle Organization improves the lives of at-risk senior dogs by providing funds and resources to animal shelters, rescue organizations, sanctuaries and other non-profit groups nationwide. For more details, please visit www.greymuzzle.org
RSQ209 is based in Northern California and rescues stray, abandoned and unloved pets to reduce shelter overcrowding and protect neglected pets, with the goal of placing them in forever homes. www.rsq209.com
Oregon Coast Humane Society, located in Florence, Oregon, is a no-kill shelter serving animal welfare needs in Western Lane County. Comprised of volunteers and committed professional staff, they are dedicated to helping homeless and abused pets and educating people about animal issues such as cruelty and pet overpopulation. Oregon Coast Humane Society serves both ends of the leash.
loved pets again, a 501c3 charity, is a shelter for senior and special needs dogs. They get about 80% of their dogs from Southern California kill shelters. Dogs are immediately examined by a veterinarian, who performs all necessary surgeries to bring the dog back to good health. Rescue does not use boarding.
All dogs are placed in loving foster families, where issues such as surgical recovery, potty training and socialization take place. When dogs are ready for adoption, they are networked on social media, through adoption fairs and word of mouth. Loved Again Pets rescues dogs that many would assume are unadoptable, due to age, health or quirks, and turns them into dogs that are regularly adopted into loving, forever homes. Find them on Facebook.
Bichons and Friends is a non-profit organization based in and serving Southern California. Since 2004, they have been dedicated to rescuing homeless and unwanted bichons, bichon mixes and other small dog breeds, ensuring they are placed in a forever home that will provide them with love and care. care they deserve. www.bichonsandbuddies.com
Pet Rescue Pilots flies on the wings of generosity. Donations can be made to petrescuepilots.org.