A Solution for Adoptable Dogs and Cats in Southern California

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(Photos: Best Friends No Kill L.A.)

Here we at the end of the first month of the New Year! But information travels slowly sometimes, and as 2016 ended, there was actually good news for the seemingly endless epidemic of homeless dogs in Southern California shelters. Best Friends No Kill Los Angeles (NKLA) is an organization I wanted to mention here, given my love of dogs. The group is seeking to designate Los Angeles a no-kill city this year. It couldn’t come soon enough.

Here’s an example: At one Adoption Weekend event, more than 520 pets found new homes. Through adoption events coordinated in Los Angeles, New York City and Salt Lake City, Bridget McDonald, who is the Los Angeles-based outreach coordinator for Best Friends events was pleased with the outcome. “We had so many new groups participating this year, as well as the largest number of people attending ever”.

In New York, animals were brought there by more than 30 rescue groups and shelters – hard as it is to fathom. By the end of that particular event, 290 dogs and cats were adopted into loving homes. In Salt Lake City, 470 Utah pets found homes with new families.

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Spay and neuter practices, combined with no-kill shelters will, hopefully, replace the euthanasia methods (that appeals to no one, including me) to control pet populations. With our advancements in behavioral and medical care for animals, no healthy or treatable animal really should be killed in a shelter when we have alternatives to save them. Euthanasia is appropriate only in cases where such action is truly one of mercy for terminally stricken cats and dogs. Incidentally, a great source for more information is Best Friends Magazine. Contact them at: http://www.bestfrends.org/magazine online along with Facebook and Twitter.

Wings of Rescue

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(Photos: Wings of Rescue)

I would be remiss without also making mention that last November 20th, Wings of Rescue, a 501©3 non-profit organization composed of private pilots flew 1,000 dogs from Van Nuys Airport in California to Idaho, where new owners were waiting to complete adoption papers and provide loving homes.

The average cost to fly a pet is $100. This cost covers health checks, spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchips, flea treatments and heart worm testing. Established and operated by private pilots who are animal lovers familiar with the logistics and planning to save dogs and cats from euthanasia, Wings of Rescue has already saved over 19,000 dogs and cats. I believe that this number may be ever-changing over time.

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If you care to, you may contact Wings of Rescue at: www.wingsofrescue.org. While donations are tax-deductible, it’s a good idea to consult your tax adviser.  This organization too is accessible on Facebook and Twitter.

In summary, here is a bright story of hope for many innocent dogs and cats in need of loving homes. Let’s support these fine organizations who are making such a wonderful difference.

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