The Beverly Hills Pupscouts holiday fundraising badge raised $965 for Wings of Rescue.
Most of it we raised at the flyout event. It’s hard to hit up your friends because crowdsourcing has everyone asking for money for something important. But at the flyout, when you see the greatness of this organization and you are committed to helping it, writing a check is easy. We plan to keep raising money for them, so feel free to donate here or on their page.
I’ve written a lot of blogs so far telling about what Wings of Rescue does and what we did up to this point. So I’m just going to talk about the actual weekend of events and how rewarding it was to be a part of it. It’s the coolest feeling ever. No matter what problems you have beating you down, when you see this many passionate people unified and saving this many lives, it is intoxicating. I’m convinced it is the same quality of energy that our forefathers felt when they came to America, and the same feeling when a person wins an Olympic medal. Your heart fills with so much love, and there is no better feeling in the universe than feeling your heart so full that the love starts to fall out of your eyes.
It began on Friday morning when we arrived at the Van Nuys Airport.
We left most of the pups home because we wanted to help and not be a distraction. Coco Puffz and Leo represented for the troop. They manned the donation table while the rest of us were on sticker duty. People made $50 donations and they got a Wings of Rescue pin, and they got their name on a sticker that we put on a crate. Rosie’s Barkery donated doggie cookies. We made sure that the planes had on-board treats on hand for their doggie passengers.
All told, 1600 dogs were flown from our high-kill shelters to rescues and no-kill shelters in areas that don’t have a lot of dogs for adoption and therefore have kennel space. Wings of Rescue has become a hub of information between high-kill and no-kill shelters, so they’re constantly making lists of which places have animals, which places have room. This was the holiday flyout, but they have freedom flights all year long.
FOX was filming the flyout for their Thanksgiving day special, “The All-star Rescue Dog Celebration” a heartwarming show honoring rescue heroes from all across the country. We were lucky enough to be invited to the filming of the show the next day. At one point 45 Bulldogs graced the stage. When Dogs on Deployment were honored, an organization that fosters the pets of servicemen and women when they are deployed, servicemen and women filled the stage. And all of the famous dogs of Instagram were there. The show ended with a grand procession of the last two hundred dogs taking their freedom flight as they walked from the stage to the plane they would fly off on. I was so excited because I had my cell phone camera held high, and I could see the fantastic footage I was getting. But it’s an ewn phone, and I had pushed the wrong button, so it wasn’t turned on!
This dog didn’t even make if off the tarmac! This boy and his mom fell in love with her and took her home.
If you love dogs, watch the show. It is not only a heart-warming and powerful series of stories, it alls helps save thousands of dollars through the money and awareness that it raises.
Check out this promo for “THE ALL-STAR DOG RESCUE CELEBRATION” airing this THANKSGIVING ON FOX 8-10PM! We need ALL RESCUERS to share and promote the show on social media. It’s crucial we get great ratings so that Fox continues to air this special each year to encourage people to rescue!!!!!!!