Group flies Central Coast dogs to no-kill shelters

May 19, 2014

dog shelterAn animal adoption welfare group flew 72 dogs out of the Santa Barbara Airport on private planes to no-kill shelters in Idaho, Oregon and Montana on Saturday. [KCOY]

Wings of Rescue flew the dogs to less crowded shelters in the Northwest where they are in high demand and have a better chance of being adopted. The Dog Adoption Welfare Group (DAWG) raised $6,250 to help pay for the transportation.

“We actually have open kennels, in our county shelters and in our rescue,” said Morgan Flint, the DAWG shelter program manager, to KCOY. “Empty kennels means we can take in more dogs and hopefully not have to euthanize as many. This is all about saving lives. The more we can do these transports, the more we get funding for them, the more lives we can save.”

On Saturday, Wings of Rescue volunteers loaded the dogs into three planes.

“These dogs are the lucky ones, they are going to be adopted within the next 48 hours,” said Paula Bird, a volunteer for Wings of Rescue, to KCOY.

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This is a wonderful group. Where do I donate?

“And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Genesis 1:28)

“The fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth and upon every bird of the heavens, upon everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea. Into your hand they are delivered.” (Genesis 9:2)

Since our bible Hebrew God said we have dominion over the animals, and they are to fear and dread us, why weren’t the dogs just euthanized?

You shock me, Reverend. You accuse others of hand-picking their verses, but you are the biggest cherry-picker among us. You might want to look at Ecclesiastes 3 as an example of many, many verses that counsel against cruelty to animals. Let’s look at this one, in particular, and remember what follows pride:

Ecclesiastes 3-18 I also said to myself, “As for humans, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals. 19 Surely the fate of human beings is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath ; humans have no advantage over animals. Everything is meaningless. 20 All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return. 21 Who knows if the human spirit rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?”

So you can believe in blithely killing off the animals, or you can believe in the Bible. You cannot simultaneously believe in both.

@ Kevin, You might want to not take these verses out of context. Do a little research online before taking it out of context. It does not portray what you are attempting to portray it as.

As for referring to Mr. Slanders as “Reverand”. He is no more Reverend than I am muslim.

So, are you a muslim? (:-p)

@toHell.. How do you figure? Read the entire Book and Chapter, and these verses still say the same thing. You will have to do some serious “interpretive” work if you want to find a Biblical justification for the whimsical, wanton killing of a lot of animals for anything other than food. Now, it is true that the God of the Old Testament enjoyed sacrifices and burnt offerings–consider how little interest he showed in Cain’s offer of a ‘vegan’ diet–but even that was for a purpose. Ted just wants to kill them for convenience, and you don’t have to be St. Francis to think that THAT’s a bad idea.

I thought of many replies to Ted, (none of which the Moderator would have passed), and now I’m just sad for him. To read such a great story of selfless people helping “Man’s best friends” and Ted’s first thought is why not just kill them. We should all pity someone who goes through life like that.

Poor old Ted… I haven’t seen this many “dislikes” since our Cindy endorsed roasting children in cars.

Agree euroamerican. As Gandhi said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

Gandhi said national moral progress based on how animals are treated? So free-range chickens makes us a great nation? Geez, I’m glad there’s people with enough money to fly surplus dogs around.

Gladstone said “show me how a nation cares for it’s dead, and I will measure with mathematical precision they devotion to high ideals….”

Gandhi. Gladstone. Geez. Philosophers…….

“to do is to be” Sartre

“to be is to do” Camus

“do be do be do” Sinatra

“it’s an affair of the heart” Gibson

“here’s a free, cheap medallion” Hill

“tattoo my backside, appoint me to something” Ray

Bravo…. Many thanks to this wonderful organization. Wish we could now find a way to stop irresponsible people from ever owning another animal..

If only we could be so caring for our Human Brothers, Sisters and Children. If only…

Our Human Brothers and Sisters have the capacity to make decisions, use good judgement in other words be responsible. Our Children and our domestic animals are at our “Brothers and Sisters” mercy with no voice of their own. We humans should be caring, and doing what is just, for those incapable of doing for themselves.

Not all do, not all… That’s the point, isn’t it? You and I know of PEOPLE on the streets right now that can’t even take the medication they should be taking because they lack the ability to make that choice. They pee and poop in their pants/skirts/boxers/briefs/panties because they lack the ability to make a choice. They sleep alone, in dark, dank, wet places becasue they can’t make the choice to do otherwise. They are shunned by us as they walk bye, or at best a nose is pinched off, or a wave of the hand to somehow move the smell away from our faces. And those that I speak of have no voice of their own, and they get less, and often worse, treatment than a dog? Please!

While I agree with Gandhi, what does it say about a civilization, our community, when we follow his advise, his teachings, on animals while ignoring our Brothers, Sisters and Children? Not much, not much at all…

“A castaway in the sea was going down for the third time when he caught sight of a passing ship. Gathering his last strength, he waved frantically and called for help. Someone on board peered at him scornfully and shouted back, “Get a boat!” – Daniel Quinn

That, I believe, is exactly how Cain explained it.

“If only we could be so caring for our Human Brothers, Sisters and Children. If only…”

I think it would be illegal to round up the homeless and ship them off to another state that has a kennel for them. Dan Duval already tried building needy humans little houses in his backyard like many do for their dogs and we all know how that worked out.

Dog’s aren’t alcoholics or drug addicts that create havoc in our lives, dogs are innocent, joyous creatures who want nothing more than to be loved and return unconditional love. We do try to help the homeless and we do provide meals and programs for those who want help. I do agree that we need to bring back the housing and institutions that once was available for the mentally ill. We could certainly do more but lets be thankful for what we can do and be happy for these innocent dogs.