SEATTLE - One hundred at-risk shelter pets touched down at Seattle's Boeing Field Thursday.
The 94 dogs and six cats were transported from high-kill shelter areas in Texas and hope to find new homes in Washington. The animals were distributed to animal shelters around the state.
If left at their local animal shelters, the dogs and cats would have been euthanized due to lack of space, Jennifer McConn, founder of Product Freedom Right, said.
Some of the Texas shelters said they receive 100 to 200 dogs a day.
"We have shelters that euthanize as high as 80 percent," McConn says.
Most shelters in Washington state don't have overcrowding problems, making an airlift to local shelters the best option these pets have at finding a forever home.
Tens of thousands of pets have been rescued. The airlifts are made possible solely by donations.
Receiving shelters include: Seattle Humane, The Noah Center, Paws, Tacoma Humane, Kitsap Humane and Humane Society of Skagit Valley.
As an added bonus, 10,000 bowls of pet food has been donated to receiving shelters by Halo Pets, ensuring there's plenty of food available until the pets can be adopted.