A Saturday afternoon flight brings passengers from Fort Worth, Texas to Georgetown, but they’re not human.
"Today the Brandywine Valley SPCA welcomed over 60 animals from Louisiana and Texas with a partnership with Wings of Rescue and funded by the ASPCA," says Delaware Director Walt Fenstermacher.
The dogs on this flight range in age from young puppies to adults. They've just been saved from overcrowded shelters in Texas and Louisiana.
"Whenever we're able, the Brandywine Valley SPCA looks to help not only our community but animals in other communities that may be at risk for euthanasia," says Fenstermacher.
For these pets it was fly or die. Wings of Rescue sends 3 or 4 flights out a week to save pets from overcrowded shelters and natural disasters. Right now they're on pace to save more than 12,000 lives this year.
"This year alone we've already flown 35 missions carrying 3,000 pets to safety," says Wings of Rescue President, Rick Browde.
Browde, has been on 200-300 rescue missions. He says this one was rather calm. "As soon as we hit 10,000 feet, it's like somebody threw a magic wand over the plane and everybody goes to sleep and then the last 5 minutes before we come back down it's like having 300 5 year olds asking are we there yet," he says.
Now that the pets have reached their destination. They're on their way to the Animal Rescue Center where they'll be fed, evaluated, and later placed up for adoption.
These dogs will be looking for new homes later this week from all of Brandywine Valley SPCA's adoption locations.
The Brandywine Valley SPCA has now completed over a dozen missions with Wings of Rescue, saving animals from across the United States.