By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson
(Photos by Rebecca Jefferis Williamson)
Oct. 10, 2020 (El Cajon-Gillespie Field) Over one hundred dogs were flown from Louisiana to Gillespie Field in El Cajon by an emergency animal rescue organization, Wings of Rescue, on October 10 in anticipation of Hurricane Delta’s hit on the Gulf Coast state. The San Diego Humane Society will provide medical care until the rescued dogs are ready for adoption locally.
This is the second time in less than a month that local animal welfare organizations have offered help to evacuate animals from Louisiana. The transport aimed to create space in shelters there for pets anticipated to be displaced from the hurricane. Wings of Rescue is a 501(c)(3) charity, founded in 2012, that flies endangered pets from where they are, to other shelters/homes. Circle Air Group, LLC’s plane, at Gillespie Field, used their equipment, an Embraer EMB-120, to fly the dogs in.
Hurricane Delta fluctuated from a category 2 to 3 and the outer rings hit southeast Louisiana and southeast Missouri on Friday and into the weekend as well. Visit: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ for current information. Here is a summary of the situation as of October 10:
How did the dogs do on take-off?