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"The first Freedom Flight was launched to encourage people to turn to the Edmonton Humane Society when looking to bring a small-breed dog into their family. Staff at the Central California SPCA and other animal shelters in the area continuously deal with large volumes of admitted and stray animals each day, and feel that they would have no other choice but to eventually euthanize the dogs if they were not transferred. The Edmonton Humane society finds that more people are willing to wait for the California dogs because they know that many of those sold in newspaper or on-line ads, or in pet stores may come from puppy mills or brokers where they often live in horrible conditions; and are often bred without considering the dogs’ welfare.
The dogs that are lucky to be part of the Freedom Flights are flown on a private Gulfstream III jet from California to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in search of new forever homes. For these precious pooches, this is truly a new “leash” on life. To date, the Orange Dog has sponsored four flights, saving the lives of 313 dogs. The small breed dogs are in such demand that most were adopted within two weeks of arriving in Edmonton. In fact, there was a line of potential adopters at the Edmonton shelter waiting for the dogs to arrive! The future is looking bright for these special dogs!"