Pet-loving pilots fly 68 dogs and cats from Taft out of Meadows Field to shelters in Oregon and Canada

Pets that otherwise might be put down instead flew off to a new life and a chance for forever homes, thanks to Unity Thrift Animal Rescue, some animal-loving pilots and other organizations.
On April 12 Wings of Rescue sent a plane to Meadow’s Field to save the lives of 68 dogs and cats.
The flight went to Oregon were Victoria’s Adoptables from Canada and All Terrier Rescue from Aloa, Oregon would take and find the animals new homes.
Several local rescue organizations under flight organizer Linda Hodges of Unity Thrift  Animal Rescue sent animals for the flight. Wings of Rescue pilots volunteer their planes and time for at least 1 flight a month out of Bakersfield.
When Linda receives a call for a pending flight she calls her contacts, fosters and shelters overloaded with animals so they can bring the dogs and cats for the flights. Volunteers transport the animals, help load the planes as well as make sure they have all the Vet. Vaccinations for the flight out of state and country. Finding enough travel crates for the different size animals can sometimes be one of the most challenging parts of the rescue flight. Even at the airport some animals may have to share a crate or transport in a smaller one to make it on the plane.
Unity Thrift is a non-profit organizations dedicated to the welfare of local animals. They foster dogs and cats, fid forever homes for them, transport them to no-kill shelters and help with say, neuter, vaccinations and other costs.
It is entirely supported by donations and fundraisers.w
This week Unity Thrift will be holding another yard sale at 217 E. San Emidio.
The sale will be held on Friday from  10 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
All proceeds go directly to Unity Thrift's programs.