Flights to Freedom

In the month just past, our thoughts often turned to the word freedom and what it means to us. For the many pets housed in shelters across our country, freedom most certainly means not having to live in a cage but having a true home with people who love them. A group that is working to make this happen is Wings of Rescue. Founded in 2012 by Cindy Smith, a pilot herself, Wings of Rescue is a network of volunteer pilots who fly rescue missions, using their own planes or chartered cargo planes, to transport pets from overcrowded, high-kill shelters, or often from disaster areas, to states where loving homes are waiting to adopt them. In the last year, over 10,000 pets were flown to new homes by Wings of Rescue. The goal for this year is 12,000.   While aiming to not displace the adoption of pets from local shelters, Wings of Rescue promotes spay/neuter programs and clinics to help bring down the number of homeless pets. They have also developed a program to help treat parvo virus and upper respiratory diseases that can devastate shelter pets, helping to ensure the cats and dogs being transported will have healthy lives. Thanks to these tireless volunteers, more than 26,000 pets have found new homes since the organization’s beginning, and it is all supported by the generous donations of many. For more information, visit http://www.wingsofrescue.org.

Another group of animals’ freedom remains in serious jeopardy, that of the wild horses and burros that have been captured off the range and now sit in holding pens across the country. Their management has rested with the Bureau of Land Management since the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971, but now thousands of them sit in limbo and are in danger of being killed, if funds are allotted for this. Chased by helicopters and driven into crowded corrals, wild horse family bands are split up and ultimately shipped to places like Rock Springs, Wyoming, where their fate is uncertain. While there is a method of administering birth control and managing the horses and burros on the range, the round-ups continue; and now our lawmakers will decide what will happen to these animals that didn’t ask to be put into pens to await their fate. If this seems an incredibly inhumane method of managing wild horses (which by law are supposedly protected from harassment or being killed on federal land) please contact our representatives in Congress and let them know your thoughts. We need to stop the round-ups, and we most certainly cannot allow the euthanizing of our wild horses.

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One Comment on “Flights to Freedom”

  1. Diane OBrien Says:

    So powerful Luce and once again you shed light on the incredibly generous and the incredibly cruel. Thank you for your work and words.


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