In the News: Californial Dogs Fly East

California’s extreme drought has made the news. The National Weather Service issued a red-flag warning of “fire weather” in Southern California because the area’s triple-digit heatwave, high, dry vegetation, and low humidity could spark a huge fire. ca-wildfires-map

ca-wildfires-1Because this year’s wildfire season has been so destructive, St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center welcomed 133 small dogs to New Jersey from five shelters in southern California to help ease overcrowding from wildfires and high intake. The dogs arrived at Morristown Airport through a California based operation, “Wings of Rescue.”

There were Doxie mixes, Poodle types, wire coated cuties, and fluffy little guys and girls all 20 pounds and under. Working with our East Coast placement partners, these adorable at-risk animals were moved to areas where loving homes await. And, at the same time, space was made available for lost or displaced pets awaiting to be reunited with their families.

In addition to St. Hubert’s, the following shelters welcomed dogs into their care:

New Hampshire SPCA, NH: 603-772-2921
Second Chance Animal Shelter, MA: 508-867-5525
Animal Welfare Society, ME: 207-985-3244
Sammy’s Hope, NJ: 732-518-2313
Animal Rescue Force, NJ: 732-257-7559
ASPCA, NY: 212-876-7700 (Adoption Center ext. 4120)

The cost for each dog to board the airlift, plus medical/spay/neuter expenses is about about $125. And, of course, financial assistance is always appreciated

For more information on St. Hubert’s, as well as this dog rescue, log on to or call 973-377-5012. Or contact any of the shelters listed above.