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'Love is in the air' as at-risk shelter dogs take flight from Fresno for new homes

Tribune News Service logo Tribune News Service 2/14/2019 By Fresno Bee Staff, The Fresno Bee
Pilot Angela Keeling, right, of Bend Ore. stacks the last crates with small breed shelter dogs inside the cargo area of a Pilatus TC12 turbo prop plane with help from Brenda Mitchell of Fresno Animal Services and Animal Compassion Team before they are transported to Michigan, at Fresno-Yosemite International Airport on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. © CRAIG KOHLRUSS/Fresno Bee/TNS Pilot Angela Keeling, right, of Bend Ore. stacks the last crates with small breed shelter dogs inside the cargo area of a Pilatus TC12 turbo prop plane with help from Brenda Mitchell of Fresno Animal Services and Animal Compassion Team before they are transported to Michigan, at Fresno-Yosemite International Airport on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019.

More than 100 dogs took flight from Fresno on Valentine's Day for new homes.

Many of the dogs were at risk of being euthanized.

The "Love is in the Air" event was organized by Wings of Rescue in partnership with GreaterGood.org to fly the small-breed dogs to Michigan where there is more need than in Central California, where they are at risk of being euthanized.

Crates with small breed shelter dogs are lined up before being loaded onto a Pilatus TC12 turbo prop plane to be transported to Michigan, at Fresno-Yosemite International Airport on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. The "Love is in the Air" event was organized by Wings of Rescue in partnership with GreaterGood.org to fly about 100 small breed dogs to Michigan, where there is more need than in Central California, where they are at risk of being euthanized. © CRAIG KOHLRUSS/Fresno Bee/TNS Crates with small breed shelter dogs are lined up before being loaded onto a Pilatus TC12 turbo prop plane to be transported to Michigan, at Fresno-Yosemite International Airport on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. The "Love is in the Air" event was organized by Wings of Rescue in partnership with GreaterGood.org to fly about 100 small breed dogs to Michigan, where there is more need than in Central California, where they are at risk of being euthanized.

"In shelters across the country, highly adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized due to shelter overcrowding. In other areas, shelters have room to accommodate more adoptable pets. Since inception, Wings of Rescue has flown more than 30,000 pets to safety," according to a news release from event organizers.

a group of people riding on the back of a truck: Christi Camblor, center, and her son Diego, 9, of Santa Rosa, representing Compassion Without Borders, help load crates with small breed shelter dogs onto a Pilatus TC12 turbo prop plane to be transported to Michigan, at Fresno-Yosemite International Airport on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. The "Love is in the Air" event was organized by Wings of Rescue in partnership with GreaterGood.org to fly about 100 small breed dogs to Michigan, where there is more need than in Central California, where they are at risk of being euthanized. © CRAIG KOHLRUSS/Fresno Bee/TNS Christi Camblor, center, and her son Diego, 9, of Santa Rosa, representing Compassion Without Borders, help load crates with small breed shelter dogs onto a Pilatus TC12 turbo prop plane to be transported to Michigan, at Fresno-Yosemite International Airport on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. The "Love is in the Air" event was organized by Wings of Rescue in partnership with GreaterGood.org to fly about 100 small breed dogs to Michigan, where there is more need than in Central California, where they are at risk of being euthanized.

The dogs had been sheltered locally at Fresno Humane Animal Services, Animal Rescue Fresno, Animal Compassion Team and Bandits Buddies.

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Crates with small breed shelter dogs are lined up before being loaded onto a Pilatus TC12 turbo prop plane to be transported to Michigan, at Fresno-Yosemite International Airport on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. The "Love is in the Air" event was organized by Wings of Rescue in partnership with GreaterGood.org to fly about 100 small breed dogs to Michigan, where there is more need than in Central California, where they are at risk of being euthanized. © CRAIG KOHLRUSS/Fresno Bee/TNS Crates with small breed shelter dogs are lined up before being loaded onto a Pilatus TC12 turbo prop plane to be transported to Michigan, at Fresno-Yosemite International Airport on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. The "Love is in the Air" event was organized by Wings of Rescue in partnership with GreaterGood.org to fly about 100 small breed dogs to Michigan, where there is more need than in Central California, where they are at risk of being euthanized. a person sitting in front of a building: Pilot Angela Keeling of Bend, Ore. looks at a crate with small breed shelter dogs as they are loaded onto a Pilatus TC12 turbo prop plane to be transported to Michigan, at Fresno-Yosemite International Airport on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. Keeling and her husband Kale Garcia are working with Wings of Rescue and GreaterGood.org as pilots of the plane. © CRAIG KOHLRUSS/Fresno Bee/TNS Pilot Angela Keeling of Bend, Ore. looks at a crate with small breed shelter dogs as they are loaded onto a Pilatus TC12 turbo prop plane to be transported to Michigan, at Fresno-Yosemite International Airport on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. Keeling and her husband Kale Garcia are working with Wings of Rescue and GreaterGood.org as pilots of the plane.
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