Saving animals is the best way to make history.

By Madison Pincombe
October 27, 2020
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Credit: Courtesy of Greater Good Charities

Pilots will fly more than 600 pets from five Hawaiian islands to the U.S. mainland and Canada this week, the largest pet rescue flight in history, organizers say. 

The massive airlift, dubbed Paws Across the Pacific, will take place Wednesday with Greater Good Charities and Wings of Rescue partnering to find the rescue pets homes. 

Hawaii shelters need the relief. The COVID-19 pandemic has left them overcrowded across the islands. The pandemic has impacted the normal operations of shelters causing shutdowns and limited hours. Additionally, routine flights to the mainland have been suspended.

“The Paws Across the Pacific flights are urgently needed to make space in Hawaii’s shelters for at-risk pets who otherwise wouldn’t be able to receive necessary care to survive,” CEO of Greater Good Charities Liz Baker says in a press release.

Shelter dogs and cats from overcrowded pet shelters on five Hawaiian islands will travel to shelters in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. One hundred twenty shelter pets will continue on their adventure to British Columbia. 

The chartered Hercules C-130 plane will arrive at Boeing Field in Seattle on Oct. 29 where partnering pet shelters and rescue groups will pick the pets up and get them quickly adopted into loving homes

The Hawaii Medical Association will also be on hand to make sure the pets travel healthily and safely, the release says. Greater Good Charities and The Animal Rescue Site are also providing support and critical medical supplies to the shelters and shelter pets.

Paws Across the Pacific’s supporters include the John R. Peterson Foundation, the Petco Foundation, the PEDIGREE Foundation, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and hundreds of generous individuals.

Meet a few of the pet passengers on this monumental flight:

Left: Moki | Credit: Courtesy of Greater Good Charities
Center: Akeela | Credit: Courtesy of Greater Good Charities
Right: Sadie | Credit: Courtesy of Greater Good Charities

If you're thinking of adopting a pet and in the Pacific Northwest, the animals from the flight should be available for adoption from various shelters in the region in next few weeks. Until then, you can follow their journey at @greatergoodcharities.

Safe travels to our furry friends!