It was the largest plane load of rescued animals the state had ever seen. Ninety five dogs, puppies, cats and kittens were flown into South Valley Regional Airport on Wednesday.
They came from shelters across Texas and New Mexico and most all of them had narrowly escaped being euthanized. Volunteers and workers from shelters and rescue organizations across Colorado, including Rescue Rovers, the Community Animal Welfare Society and Lost and Found Pets, came to meet the plane. They will ensure that the animals are spayed or neutered and vaccinated before placing them in foster homes.
The organization responsible for this airlift is a non profit called Dog Is My CoPilot. The organization flies shelter animals in danger of being euthanized due to overcrowding and lack of resources to states and communities where they have a higher chance of being adopted.
“We pull animals from shelters that are all over the Western states,” said Judy Zimet, executive director of Dog Is My CoPilot.
Wednesday’s flight carried one of the largest loads in the organization’s history.
“It was amazing. This was a huge flight and we worked with about ten rescues – dogs from Roswell, New Mexico, all over New Mexico, kill shelters in Texas, and all of these dogs were on death row and now they’re going to find homes. It’s been an incredible experience,” said Paws On The Ground volunteer Jenifer Koberstin.
“Colorado’s state dog is a rescue dog,” she said. “These dogs, they know they’ve been saved. They’re incredible beings that way, that’s just different than a dog you go and buy.”