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Helping the Flood Hounds - 419 Cat & Dog Paws arriving in San Diego due to Hurricane Harvey Rescue

A “Wings of Rescue” flight carrying an expected 85 dogs/puppies and 20 cats/kittens is scheduled to arrive at Circle Air Group at  Gillespie Field at 681 Kenney Street in El Cajon between 1:30 and 2:00 Monday afternoon.

The pets are being transferred from Acadiana Animal Aid to create space for pets who are being evacuated from Texas and Louisiana because of Hurricane Harvey. The rescue of the pets is a joint effort of Wings of Rescue,, Labradors and Friends Rescue, San Diego Humane Society, and Rancho Coastal Humane Society. This is the first rescue flight of pets due Hurricane Harvey. 

Weather permitting, the pets will begin loading onto the plane in Lafayette, LA starting at 7:00 Central time on Monday morning. After a stop in Texas to re-fuel, arrival in El Cajon is expected between 1:30 and 2:00 Pacific time.

After their arrival, the cats and kittens, dogs and puppies will be unloaded from the plane then transported to the shelters and foster homes. Labradors and Friends is in need of in-home foster care providers to assist with the incoming dogs. For more information contact Lauren Dube at 619-990-7455 or

The five participating organizations are accepting donations to cover the cost of the flight and to provide care and treatment of the animals after they arrive.

Wings of Rescue emphasizes that the incoming pets are not direct victims of Hurricane Harvey. These are highly adoptable cats and dogs who have been in animal shelters in the Lafayette area. They are being transferred to San Diego to create room for the victim pets that have been lost, strayed, or abandoned because of the hurricane. These pets do not have owners who will be searching for them when the weather improves.

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