MACON, Ga. — Packed in a dog crate, a 3-year-old boxer mix named Sky took flight earlier this month.
She was one of a half-dozen dogs who got the ride of their lives flying from Macon, Georgia, to new homes in Virginia.
Kim Williams, who volunteers for the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation of Arlington, Virginia, tells WMAZ-TV he has tapped into a puppy pipeline to bring some of Georgia’s homeless pet population to the mid-Atlantic region, where demand is outrunning the number of dogs available for adoption.
“We have had the most incredible outpouring of people in the D.C. suburbs that have a strong desire to rescue dogs and cats during this pandemic,” Williams wrote in an email.
Williams, who has family in Macon, met Kristin Reid during one of her visits with relatives.
Reid has a 30-acre horse farm in Forsyth and has rescued some unadoptable dogs from local shelters and tries to foster others to keep them from being euthanized.
Unable to hold fundraisers this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Reid found it difficult to take on more dogs. When she learned the Virginia foundation needed dogs to adopt out, the groups linked up with the Pilots N Paws volunteer pilot group.
Since the onset of COVID-19, the foundation has placed nearly 2,500 dogs in new homes.