An Edmond animal rescue organization is working to end the use of euthanasia for animals in shelters.
Fetch Fido A Flight partnered with other shelters and rescues to save 104 cats and dogs that were on the euthanize list in shelters across the state.
Vikki Smith with the organization said these animals would have been killed due to overcrowding or how long they've been in the shelter.
“They are just waiting for a family, but unfortunately, they're being euthanized because of pet overpopulation in our state and because we don't have enough adopters to adopt all of these animals,” Smith said.
Smith said most of these animals will be adopted within three days of their landing in Oregon. Other local organizations said they're thankful for the group's help.
The need for rescue and recovery efforts is through the roof with owner surrenders, litters being found and resources to accommodate these issues are scare due to the pandemic.
“This year, we're having a hard time with people returning their COVID dogs because they were home all the time, and now, they're not,” Paws In Need Tulsa founder and president Andrea Kyle said. “People are wanting to get out of the house and don't want to take on the responsibility and they're taking them back to the shelter.”
“Don't dump your animals,” Street Dog Rescue and Recovery director Mitzi Brogdon said. “I don't know what else to say. It’s just heartbreaking. I get hit up at least 10 times a day about dogs or puppies that people have found. It sucks to know that you're having to say, ‘No, I can't help you. I have nowhere for those to go.’”
Fetch Fido A Flight plans to rescue more animals in September. The organization said the number of trips they take is dependent on donations.