Laredo animals saved from death as 104 flown to new homes
By Jorge A. Vela
July 10, 2020
In the early morning hours of Thursday, a major operation was ongoing in the city’s airport to save the lives of more than a 100 animals.
A total of 54 dogs and 50 cats were saved from a local animal shelter when a plane came to the Laredo International Airport at around 4 a.m. on Thursday morning to retrieve the animals and take them to a better home.
In a first-of-its-kind partnership between the City of Laredo Animal Care Services (LACS), American Pets Alive and Dog is My Copilot, the rescue mission was successful as all of these animals were flown to bases and adoption centers in Utah, Colorado and Wyoming, where new homes were waiting for them by pre-adoption chosen individuals.
With the shelter having approximately 200-220 animals to take care of, the help by the two participating organizations provided some relief to the center as about half of its population was taken to another area of the country where these animals will find their homes.
“In order to increase our life relief rate, we partnered up with these organizations to provide these animals a better life, and they could find their forever home,” said City of Laredo Animal Care Services Department Operations Manager Karina Elizondo.
Elizondo noted that the shelter was at full capacity just a few days ago. That is a problem that would have caused many of these animals that were rescued to remain at risk of being euthanized as they had not found a home in weeks or months.
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