Hundreds of rescued dogs and cats get chance at new life here in Puget Sound area

    Wings of Rescue program brings 205 dogs and cats to Washington shelters from over-crowded shelters in Southern California, July 9, 2016.

    SEATTLE - More than 250 shelter dogs and cats, rescued from death row in Southern California, arrived at Boeing Field in Seattle on Saturday.

    They were brought to the northwest through a program called Wings of Rescue. The group of volunteer pilots helps transport pets from over-crowded shelters to other shelters across the country in need of animals for adoption.

    "We have virtually empty shelters here. Today we brought 200 and most of which will probably be gone by next Tuesday, " said the program's co-founder, Yehuda Natanel. "And they will be empty again and we will go through this again."

    About a dozen local shelters took in the animals, including: Paws Animal Shelter in Lynnwood, Sunny Sky's Animal Rescue in Puyallup and the Seattle, Kitsap, Tacoma and Pierce County Humane Societies.

    The animals will be examined then put up for adoption.

    To date, the Wings of Rescue program has saved nearly 20,000 shelter pets from being euthanized.

    "It's kind of sad that we have to do that, but that's what it takes. This is what modern transportation is for," said Natanel.

    For more information on the pet adoptions or to donate to the program, go to the Wings of Rescue website.

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