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Shelter Dogs, Cats on 'Death Row' Flown to New Homes

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Hundreds of dogs and cats on "doggy death row" that entered shelters because of Fourth of July fireworks and recent wildfires were flown to new homes across the nation Saturday.

Bruin, a Jack Russel Terrier, was the "20,000th" rescue to find a forever home in Seattle.

The nonprofit organization, Wings of Rescue, flew 400 animals as part of a two-day trek to New Jersey and Seattle after SoCal dogs and cats ended up in shelters after Independence Day fireworks and wildfires.

Overcrowding put the pooches and kitties at risk in Southern California, so Wings of Rescue came to the rescue. The animals were flown to Seattle and New Jersey where shelters were underpopulated or in need of animals for adoption.

Wings of Rescue was founded by two pilots in 2009. Yehuda Netanel and Cindy Smith have been flying shelter pets to their new homes since then, relying solely on donations to pay for the flights.

Kriser's Natural Pet in New Jersey and St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center -- based all over the nation -- partnered together with Wings of Rescue to send the 400 on their "freedom flights."

Kriser's Natural Pet raised $20,000 to contribute to the shelter pets, including the flights.

In addition, Kriser's and The Honest Kitchen will send each pet with a voucher for a "free box of high-quality, all-natural food to get their new lives started out right."

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