"Fluffs In Flight" To Help Find Forever Homes For Local Pets

Chris Sommer
February 22, 2019 - 6:30 pm

Humane Society Of North Texas

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FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD) - It's a first for the Humane Society of North Texas.

A very special flight filled with four-legged passengers will depart Fort Worth Saturday morning, bound for the Pacific Northwest.

HSNT Spokesperson Cassie Lackey said, "We are so excited! This is the largest transport project that we have initiated to date. We have over 200 pets flying to the northern states. We're actually flying into Seattle, Washington, with, I believe, 185 cats and over 30 dogs."

The thing that really stands out about this trip is that it will carry mostly cats. Hence, the name "Fluffs in Flight." Lackey said, "The majority of our flights are mostly canine. They are dogs. So, to be flying over 200 pets and the majority are cats, it's impressive. It's been an incredible project."

While local shelters are usually full, Lackey said pet overpopulation is not a big problem up north. She said, "We know that typically, within 48 hours, they are adopted if they are of age. There will be a variance if they are still nursing with their mother and need to go into rescue. We get pictures from (out-of-state agencies) all the time, thanking us."

HSNT began working with the ASPCA Animal Relocation Program one year ago. It also collaborates with organizations like GreaterGood.org and Wings of Rescue on these projects. In just one year, more than 1,200 pets have been transported to their new homes across the country, including the pets on Saturday's flight.

Please remember there are still many loving animals housed at local shelters and looking for forever homes. This year, HSNT has seen a 30% increase in cat intake over 2018. Plenty of adoption opportunities are available this weekend, including several through Petsmart's National Adoption Weekend. HSNT will participate at four Petsmart locations in Dallas-Fort Worth.