Saving Pets Lives

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Sep 5, 2009 at 11:24 PM EDT

There are overcrowded animals shelters across the country, where animals face the threat of being euthanized.

But one non-profit rescue organization is flying pets to new homes.

Action News Reporter Rachael Hidalgo has the story.

As soon as the plane touched down, it wasn't hard to see the excitement on the other passengers faces.

23 dogs, cats and even puppies traveled over 500 miles from Atlanta, Georgia, where they were rescued from high-kill shelters.

Ted DuPuis, founder of Cloud Nine Rescue Flights, has been saving the lives of animals for the last four months.

The average flight costs about $2,000 dollars...DuPuis says he'll always fly the animals to safe shelters, even if he doesn't have the funding yet.

"I'm not gonna say no to it, if I can at all avoid it. But these flights aren't paid for so we need to get donations in to help pay for these flights," says Ted DuPuis.

After landing, these animals were given to local shelters and rescue homes in the area.

One of those dogs was this 2 year old Border Collie, Dustin, who was very excited for his first car ride with new friend.

"To me, I've got it two-fold because I'm saving a dogs life, and then I train it a little bit, so it's not just a wild dog out of a kennel to someone's home, home pet and part of their family," says Jo Roy from the organization Dogs Deserve Better.

For many of the dogs and cats rescued here today, it gives dogs like Dustin, a second chance.

"It's a desperate situation, you can't not be involved. Once you see these faces and you know that if you weren't there they'd be euthanized. It's a pretty hard cold fact. And you feel like you need to make a difference in these animals lives," says Julia Ryan, Co-Founder of Animal Rescue Flights.

Cloud Nine rescue flights flew into the Tri-Cities Airport in Endicott.

Organizers says donations are key in making the rescues possible.

If you'd like to help, log onto www.cloudninerescueflights.org.

Also, many of the pets you saw tonight, can be found on PetFinder.com

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