PORTLAND, Ore. – More than 125 animals are on their way to the Pacific Northwest after they were rescued from flooding in Louisiana.
Thousands of pets were displaced after the devastating floods in Louisiana. Wings of Rescue is flying animals whose owners made no attempt to claim them out of the area. Many of the animals were already in shelters before the flooding.
Cathy Nechak is president of Friends of Shelter Animals in Aloha. She reached out to Wings of Rescue to bring the pets to Oregon. Within a day, donors on Wings of Rescue's Facebook page had raised the $15,000 needed to charter the flight from Lafayette to Hillsboro.
The first flight to Oregon arrived in Hillsboro Thursday afternoon.
“I’m just extremely happy they got here safe and sound,” said Nechak. “We're going get them home and all to bed and get them dinner and start their new life.”
The Oregon Humane Society said 31 cats arrived from the Wings of Rescue flight, and they expected the animals to be ready for adoption this weekend.
The other animals will be taken to Oregon Friends of Shelter Animals or Rogue Valley Humane Society in Oregon, according to a Wings of Rescue Facebook post. Some will also be taken to the Southwest Washington Humane Society and the Embrace a Discarded Animal Society in Washington.
If you’re interested in adopting one of the rescue dogs in Aloha or donating to Friends of Shelter Animals, you can call 503-747-7818.