Wings of Rescue, giving pets a second chance at life
by Anne Marie Fuller
Dec 13, 2013 | 2482 views | 1 1 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend | print
I recently had the opportunity to fly with Wings of Rescue volunteer pilot Steve Sweeney in a Cessna 210 Centurion out of Tracy Airport.

The same week, Wings of Rescue flew 500 animals — originally scheduled to be euthanized in animal shelters through California — to fosters and rescue organizations in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana.

One extremely lucky dog named Rhino, a young pit bull mix from the Tracy Animal Shelter, was among those flown to Bellingham, Wash., into the arms of a new owner.

Yehuda Netanel of Woodland Hills and Cindy Smith of Livermore founded Wings of Rescue three years ago.

“I heard about Rhino through Kim Gray, who is an animal rescue coordinator for the Tracy Animal Shelter,” Smith said. “Rhino had been at the Tracy Animal Shelter for 19 days and she was scheduled to be euthanized. Kim was making a last-ditch effort to save her.

“I pulled Rhino from the shelter and shared her picture on the Wings of Rescue Facebook page, and that same night, there was someone that wanted to adopt her.”

Last Friday, Dec. 6, pilot Bob Delong flew Rhino and other dogs to Bellingham from Van Nuys. To date, they have helped save more than 5,000 animals and transported them by plane across the nation and even to parts of Canada.

For more information, visit Wings of Rescue’s Facebook page at The group needs volunteer pilots and donations to purchase fuel for rescue flights.

• Anne Marie Fuller is the host of the Channel 26 television show “Helpful Hints with Anne Marie” at 7 p.m. Fridays. Contact her at

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December 16, 2013
I enjoy hearing positive stories like this, keep more coming.

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