The Largest Pet Rescue Flight Ever

This year, Hawaiian shelters were thrust into a COVID-19 crisis. At-risk community pets needed help, and clearing space at the shelters was the only way to make room for this incredible need.

This unprecedented situation required an unprecedented response. That’s why Greater Good Charities partnered with the John R Peterson Foundation and Wings of Rescue to launch Paws Across the Pacific, the largest single pet rescue flight in history. On October 28th, we flew a Hercules C-130 aircraft from Oakland, California to the Hawaiian islands of Kauai, Oahu, Maui, The Big Island of Hawaii, and finally back to Seattle, Washington, picking up nearly 600 pets from 6 shelters along the way. This flight is now complete, but the story is far from over. View our photos from the operation below.

This wouldn’t be possible without the support of The Animal Rescue Site, Banfield Foundation, Royal Canin, VCA Animal Hospitals, PEDIGREE Foundation, Petco Foundation, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation, MuttNation Foundation, Kamaka Air Inc, Air Charter Service, and Jackson Galaxy. Thank you.

Paws Across the Pacific is another example of how, together, we #amplifythegood.

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A Hawaiian Blessing Before Departure

In Kauai, the C-130 received a traditional Hawaiian blessing performed by Kahu Wayne Vidinha. We are grateful for this blessing to protect the largest pet transport in history! Watch our Facebook Live stream of the blessing from the tarmac:

We Made It! Safe Landing in Seattle, WA

Catch us live on the tarmac in Seattle, unloading pets after their long journey:

That's a Wrap!

A special thank you from our CEO, Liz Baker:

Stay tuned to hear more about the impact of this historic flight!

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