Rescue dogs

28 rescue dogs fly to Portland to find new homes

The dogs on the flight are a mix of breeds and sizes and should all find new homes in the greater Portland area

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A California-based nonprofit is sending 28 rescue dogs to Portland on Thursday, hoping the city’s high demand for adoptable pets will help K-9s find new homes.

Wings of Rescue transports dogs from the Tulare City animal shelter in California. The plane they are flying in is expected to land in Portland around 12:15 p.m. and the dogs will be taken to the Oregon Humane Society facility where they will be placed for adoption.

According to Wings of Rescue, OHS adopts more animals from its Portland shelter than any other single-facility shelter on the West Coast.

“We are thrilled to work with our friends at the Oregon Humane Society, the ASPCA and the City of Tulare to give these deserving dogs a second chance,” said Ric Browde, president of Wings of Rescue.

The nonprofit said the dogs on the flight are a mix of breeds and sizes and should all find new homes quickly in the greater Portland area. Transporting pets from overcrowded shelters to areas where there is space available in a shelter helps save animal lives by decreasing euthanasia rates.

Wings of Rescue is the largest pet airline operating in North America. In 2020, he carried out 104 rescue missions in eight countries, transporting more than 8,500 pets to safety. It also delivered 33 tonnes of humanitarian and veterinary supplies to disaster areas and communities in need.

Since its inception in 2012, Wings of Rescue has transported over 61,000 pets.

In 2020, OHS adopted 7,204 animals and its rescue rate is consistently three to four times the national average