FORT WORTH, Texas - An overnight flight will give some cats and dogs a chance at being adopted to forever homes in the northwest.
There’s always a surplus of pets available for adoption in North Texas. But in some parts of the country, there is a chronic shortage of adoptable cats and dogs.
That’s why the Humane Society of North Texas partnered with a non-profit organization called Wings of Rescue and other groups to make a large-scale animal transfer happen.
On Friday morning, 135 pets were placed on board a plane at Fort Worth’s Meacham Airport – 37 dogs and 98 cats each in an individual crate.
The plane was headed ton Everett, Wash. Most of the pets will then be taken to no-kill shelters in the Seattle area. They will hopefully find forever homes in the area.
The founder of Wings of Rescue is a big believer in pet adoption and not just for the benefit of our four-legged friends.
“Pets enrich people’s lives,” said Ric Browde. “Older people live longer when they have pets. It’s just… pets really help people have normal healthy lives and people need to start seeing that and treating pets for the beings that they are.”
Browde is a former rock and roll producer for artists like Poison, Joan Jett and Ted Nugent. He sold millions of records but is now devoted to giving dogs and cats the chance to be adopted by flying them to different parts of the country.
He said Wings of Rescue is funded through the kindness of strangers, meaning folks who just want to donate to the cause.