All aboard!? Beautiful weather was expected as 19 dogs took flight on Friday, March 29. They were probably going to be euthanized at Front Street, but they got on a plane and flew to Boise, Idaho.
Seventeen of them are small dogs and two are rottweillers. They all fit onto a tiny-two-seater plane and flew out of Executive Airport at 10:30 a.m. They were scheduled to arrive in Boise at 12:30 p.m. our time. Non-stop flight to a no-kill rescue!
“What this does is opens up all these kennels at the shelter so now. I have 160 dogs today, so I get them evaluated and move them up for adoption. It’s constant. It’s an inventory change all the time. The more I can get out faster, the more lives I can change,” Gina Knepp, Animal Care Services Manager for the City of Sacramento, said.
“When we found out that Idaho Humane was willing to accept little dogs, even Chihuahuas, we knew a great opportunity was available to us,” Knepp said Knepp. “We contacted Yehuda Netanel, founder of Wings of Rescue, and began flying dogs to Boise on a monthly basis.”
Knepp said small dogs are in high demand in Idaho because Idahoans have traditionally liked large dogs, but people there have wanted lap dogs lately and haven’t had access to them. “There’s a population that wants littles and we’ve got ‘em. It’s economics. It’s supply and demand,” she said.
Knepp said Netanel has larger planes than the one used on March 29, including one that fits 40 dogs.
City of Sacramento Animal Care Services, The Sacramento SPCA, and Sacramento County Animal Care and Regulation are participating in the ASPCA’s (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) Carroll Petrie Foundation Dog Rescue Project, a new $1 million initiative that will fund much-needed treatments and services for shelter dogs, ultimately preparing them for transport from overcrowded shelters to give them the best chance of finding permanent homes. The project is being made possible thanks to a generous donation from Mrs. Carroll Petrie, a respected international philanthropist.
Since beginning the program in September 2012, the three Sacramento shelters have transferred more than 1,000 dogs to other shelters and rescue groups, including shelters in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. In January 2013, the City of Sacramento found a new transfer partner at the Idaho Humane Society.
“We hope to work with Wings of Rescue to do a mega transport of 40 dogs in the near future,” said Knepp. “Without the ASPCA, the Petrie Grant, and Wings of Rescue none of this would be possible.” All of the pilots with Wings of Rescue volunteer their time. Grant money is used primarily for fuel.
The ASPCA, through The Carroll Petrie Foundation Dog Rescue Project, aims to save 16,600 dogs through a per dog or puppy subsidy for each animal transferred out through the following types of programs:
·Transfer to rescue groups;
·Transfer to other shelters;
·Adoptions through “Foster Adoption Ambassador” programs; or
·Adoptions through permanent off-site partner locations.
The subsidy per dog or puppy can be used for anything from crates and gasoline purchases for transport vehicles to “make-ready” veterinary services for the dogs (i.e. spay/neuter, health certificates, vaccines) that will prepare them to leave the shelter.
Now at the city shelter: Free microchips to City of Sacramento kitties
In 2012, 3955 cats ended up at the Front Street Shelter. Of those cats, only 92 were reunited with their owner. Unfortunately, the vast majority of owned cats rarely have any form of identification. They arrive without a collar and very few are ever micro-chipped.
In the hope of changing those numbers, during the month of April, the City of Sacramento-Front Street shelter will be offering a “complimentary” micro-chip to any owned cat living within the city limits. City residents may bring their cat to the shelter Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. for a free micro-chip. A suggested donation of $5 would be greatly appreciated. Proof of City residency is required. Life time micro-chip registration is included.
Bowling for Bullies on Front Street!
The Front Street Shelter is at it again! During the month of April, anyone adopting a bully breed dog will have a chance to strike some pins to defray adoption costs. Roll the ball, knock down the pins and get a discounted adoption. $5 off adoption fees for each pin successfully knocked over! We have a wide variety of bully breeds all waiting for a new home.