Freedom Flight Brings Homeless Dogs to Waiting Families
Story originally published May 2010 on www.tonic.com
Californians are well known for favoring small dogs and toting their portable pups around anywhere a handbag can go. It's great those dogs all have a home, many even live the life of luxury.
There is another side to the coin, though. The California animal shelters are overflowing with these small breed dogs. Although they are in demand, there is still a surplus of supply. The answer? Ship them off to where supply and demand leans much more in the dogs' favor.
Jan Folk, founder of The Orange Dog, a website offering quality, sustainable pet items, realized the overpopulation problem in California, but the lack of available small dogs in her area of Edmonton, Canada.
So, through proceeds from the profits of The Orange Dog, she funds the Freedom Flight Program to bring the unadopted California Cuties to Canada.
On Friday, June 25, the pups will buckle their seatbelts on a private Gulfstream III jet and prepare for lift off on Freedom Flight No. 4. Sixty dogs, half from the SEAACA in Downey and half from the Fresno SPCA, will leave sunny Cali for the Edmonton Humane Society. It might be quite a bit cooler there, but the love that awaits will surely warm them.
So far, Folk has helped more than 250 dogs, who probably would be euthanized otherwise, find homes. In previous transfers, many of the pups were adopted weeks before the freedom flight. Most others found homes quickly amongst the crowd of waiting adoptive parents. Friday's flight will also be greeted by loving families awaiting their precious cargo.
To find out more about The Orange Dog, visit orangedog.ca.
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