Shelter pets endure fog delay, but finally take off for California

It took a few hours longer than planned, but 120 shelter pets board the ‘Freekibble Flight to Freedom’ Tuesday morning and are on their way to a no-kill shelter in California.

The trip, funded by non-profit in partnership with Wings of Rescue in Lafayette, was delayed when heavy fog forced the airplane to land in Alexandria. Once the fog burned off, the aircraft made the hop to Lafayette.

Wings of Rescue saves homeless pets by flying them to shelters from where they’re immediately adopted. To date, Wings of Rescue has saved 29,000 shelter pets.

These 120 pets are being sent to Rancho Coastal Humane, San Diego Humane, Labrador and Friends and The Rescued Dog shelters. Halo, Purely for Pets® will be donating 10,000 bowls of pet food to help care for the pet passengers at the receiving shelters. Additionally, Rescue Bank, a program of, has donated crates to help safely fly the pets to their new homes.