Animal rescue group saves 123 Oklahoma and Arkansas dogs from euthanasia

TULSA, Okla. — Area animal shelters say they are over capacity because families are struggling to care for pets during the coronavirus pandemic.

Wings of Rescue, a non-profit, stepped in and flew 123 dogs from Oklahoma and Arkansas to Michigan on Saturday to prevent the animals from being euthanized.

Organizers of the mission said the pandemic has hit everyone hard.

“Right now, because of the pandemic in Tulsa, people are losing their homes, unfortunately when they lose their homes sometimes they have to give up beloved pets, and on top of that you perpetually overcrowd your shelters,” said Ric Browde, CEO and president of Wings of Rescue.

Founded in 2012, Wings of Rescue flies endangered pets from high intake and/or high-kill shelters to no-kill shelters from where they have all been adopted into loving homes, according to the group’s website.

Wings of Rescue said they have flown 99 flights carrying 7,161 pets (4,868 dogs, 2,276 cats, 13 pot-bellied pigs, 3 rabbits and one Cockatoo) to safety, and have flown in 137,996 pounds of humanitarian aid into the Bahamas.

Wings of Rescue tells Fox23 they should be getting new homes in the coming week.

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