Shelter Dogs & Cats Get A Second Chance On Our June Flights To Freedom

Every year, thousands of perfectly adoptable shelter pets die in Louisiana, where crowded, underfunded shelters are often forced to turn to euthanasia. This deadly reality puts heartworm-positive dogs at especially high risk, particularly in shelters without the means to provide for their care.

This tragic fate awaited Sammy, a loving dog who was surrendered to a shelter when his family moved away. Sammy was a very good boy and eager to get adopted, but he also had heartworm disease–-making it very unlikely he’d live long enough to find a new home.

Heartworm-positive shelter dogs like Sammy face a slim chance of survival in Louisiana. Photo: LaFourche Parish Animal Shelter

Thankfully, Sammy’s fortunes changed when he landed a spot on one of our Flights to Freedom, which save lives by flying at-risk shelter pets from the South to regions where demand for adoption is high.

On June 18 and 19, Sammy will join adoptable dogs and cats flying to new lives in Florida and Michigan, where they’ll be adopted in days.

Flights to Freedom passengers Geneva, Rose, and Concert are flying to new lives on June 18 and 19. Photo: Acadiana Animal Aid/Cara’s House

Sammy’s flight will also include other heartworm-positive dogs who once risked euthanasia in Louisiana. Before this flight, their conditions gave them a slim chance of survival, but now these lucky pups will get to experience the joys of a loving home.

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Flights to Freedom are jointly conducted by The Animal Rescue Site, Freekibble, and Greater Good Charities, which operate these monthly rescue flights through its Good Flights program. In June, we’ll be operating two Flights to Freedom thanks to a generous grant from PEDIGREE Foundation and Mars Petcare.

Shelter pet passengers Lilliana and Honey can’t wait to meet their new families! Photo: Acadiana Animal Aid/Cara’s House

But Flights to Freedom can’t take off without your support. Just $5 will help us fund 125 air miles for an at-risk shelter pet traveling June’s Flights to Freedom, while larger donations allow us to fly even more shelter pets to safety. Your lifesaving donation will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $35,000, thanks to PEDIGREE Foundation and Mars Petcare.

Meet some more Flights to Freedom passengers!

All of these Louisiana shelter pets will be flying to new lives in Michigan or Florida on June 18 and 19. Here’s how you can help!

River, Sailor, Stinker and Stubby

Photo: St. Charles Parish Animal Shelter

River, Sailor, Stinker, and Stubby (not pictured) were almost feral when they were rescued from a bad hoarding situation in Louisiana. But under the tutelage of doting shelter staff, these playful pups have aced their socialization training and are ready to find new homes! Here’s how you can help.

Tiger

Photo: Cara’s House

This adorable cat didn’t have a bright future in Lousiana, especially during kitten season. But with your support, we’ll be flying Tiger and his shelter cat friends to safety, freedom, and adoption.

Tetra

Photo: Acadiana Animal Shelter

This adorable puppy can’t wait to board her rescue flight.

Charlie

Photo: Acadiana Animal Aid

Charlie can’t wait to meet his new family in Florida. You can help him get there!

Pecan, Mesquite, and Hickory

Photo: Cara’s House

These cats had a very slim chance of adoption in Louisiana, especially during kitten season. Their luck has finally changed!

Okja

Photo: Acadiana Animal Aid

Don’t you want to help this loving dog find her own home?

Maybelline

Photo: Acadiana Animal Aid

Can you spare a few dollars to help us fly Maybelline to safety and adoption?

Guppy

Photo: Acadiana Animal Aid

Adorable Guppy is a happy dog who can’t wait to find his family.

Corydora

Photo: Acadiana Animal Aid

This Flights to Freedom passenger has had a rough start to life, but her luck is changing.

Barb

Photo: Acadiana Animal Aid

Barb is all ready to start over Florida. Let’s help get her there!

Thanks for helping us give Sammy and his shelter friends a second chance at life!

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