LAFAYETTE PARISH, La (KLFY) – Over 100 homeless pets from across the state, including right here in Acadiana, will be airlifted Thursday morning to no-kill shelter’s across the country.
“Right now we’re preparing all of our vans so that we can load them up in the crates, drive to the airport in the morning, get them loaded onto the plane, and then off to hopefully find their forever homes,” said Ally Locklin, Foster Coordinator for Acadiana Animal Aid.
About 70 cats and 50 dogs from overcrowded animal shelters will be set free via Wings of Rescue through airlift.
“We actually transport at least once or twice a month normally, but because of the flooding a lot of places have needed some assistance so we’ve tripled our efforts,” said Locklin.
Locklin says in the last week they’ve pulled from nine different municipal shelters-one being the St. Landry Parish Animal Control.
“We did nothing but welcome them in here. They graciously have been coming in here pulling large amounts of dogs,” said Stacey Alleman, Director of the St. Landry Parish Animal Control.
Alleman says of the 200 pets at her shelter about 30 of them have been pulled to be airlifted.
“Because some of these dogs have sat here so long from the flood we’re actually starting to release some of them,” said Alleman.
Alleman praises the efforts of support groups like the Acadiana Animal Aid, she says if it wasn’t for them stepping up to the plate many of the pets would be euthanized.
“Without this vast pull some of these dogs would just perish here, not by our hands but by them, not every dog is meant to come sit in an animal control facility,” said Alleman.
The pets will be flown to states such as Washington, Oregon, and Utah, where they will then be united with forever loving homes.