Animal Care and Control Partners with Wyoming Non-Profit to Fly Dogs to New Homes in Montana

Calling it making lemonade out of a bushel of lemons, Pinal County Animal Care and Control Director Audra Michael found a way to find a home for 17 shelter dogs this weekend.

The group 'Dog is My CoPilot' is a non-profit group based out of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, that flies shelter dogs from one location to another location in the western United States. The group have two planes that shuttle anywhere from 40 to 150 animals per flight. The group works with non-profit animal rescue organizations to find a place where animals are more apt to be adopted.

"Shortly after we contacted Dog is My CoPilot, we were in conversations with them about our animals," Michael said. "They had contacted us that they were going to be flying to Phoenix to pick up some dogs from a shelter in Maricopa County. A little later, I received a call saying the flight would be cancelled because the Maricopa County shelter couldn't get their animals looked at by a vet in time. I said we would be able to provide more animals if it would be worth their time, and we could have them checked by a vet by the time they arrive."

On Saturday morning a Dog is My CoPilot Cessna 208 touched down at Casa Grande Regional Airport. The 17 dogs, ranging from small to medium dogs, were in their crates, ready to hit the skies to Montana. The dogs were transported to the Humane Society of Western Montana and Thompson River Animal Care Shelter.

"Montana wants small dogs and I only had 13," Michael said. "Another rescue in Montana wants female medium size dogs, so we were able to add four more to the 13. From what could have been a missed opportunity because a huge benefit for the animals and for us."

Pinal County Animal Care and Control is located at 1150 South Eleven Mile Corner Road in Casa Grande. Their hours are 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM M, T, Th, F, 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM Wednesdays and 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturday.


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