HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) – 13 puppies had gone on a big trip thanks to Amelia Air, a rescue service that transports animals from rural areas to more populated areas to reduce overcrowding in shelters and increase chances of adoption of animals.
The Kentucky River Animal Shelter in Hazard uses programs like Amelia Air to avoid euthanizing animals. Since 2011, the shelter has reduced its euthanasia rate by more than 95%. Kentucky River Animal Shelter President Tammy Noble says she is grateful to rescue groups like Amelia Air:
“If we didn’t have our rescue partners, the only other choice for the shelter would be to euthanize these animals for space,” Noble said.
Amelia Air is operated only by volunteers. Pilots donate their time and money to make sure these animals get to where they need to be. This flight marked Jordan McCarthy’s first flight for Amelia Air. He says he was drawn to the rescue group because of his love for animals:
“I love puppies more than most people,” McCarthy said. “I discovered this before I became a pilot. This is something I wanted to do … anyone with a pilot’s license should get involved and help.
If you don’t have a pilot’s license but still want to help, Noble says the Kentucky River Animal Shelter needs volunteers for the months to come. To learn more about how to become a volunteer, send a message to the shelter Facebook page or call (606) 439-4064.
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