Operation Big LIft

From my personal experience, there are few moments in life that can move you to tears of joy and sadness all at once. These rare moments in life have the supernatural ability to remind us just how beautiful and delicate our time here – and the impact we can have – truly is.

And on July 1, 2021, I was fortunate enough to be a part of one of these powerful moments in time; while documenting one of the largest companion animal rescue missions to date. Through the support of the Animal Rescue Corps, the Bissell Pet foundation, Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program, El Paso Animal Services, Priceless Pet Rescue, and more – over 350 cats and dogs were allowed an incredible second chance at life. 

The mission, called Operation Big Lift involved the translocation by plane of cats, dogs, puppies, and kittens from a kill shelter closing in Texas to no kill shelters located in higher adoption areas of Wisconsin and Southern California.

Why is this important? Well, according to Best Friends Animal Society, in 2020 alone, 4.3 million cats and dogs entered animal shelters in the US. Of these, almost 400,000 were euthanized. However, the overall national save rate of animals in shelters has been increasing since 2015. Which is why supporting the ongoing work of Priceless Pets and the other organizations that made this rescue mission possible is indeed – life changing. 

Fortunately, I was able to be on the ground and witness one of the planes carrying  over 100 of these precious animals as it landed at the Chino airport in Southern California. Have a look at the WSYC mini documentary I created below to see just how amazing Operation Big Lift was and many of the precious lives that it saved.

Please know that there are many ways for you to help continue the ultimate mission of adoption for the animals shown in the documentary. Here are just a few:

  1. Share this video with others or on your social media platforms (here is the link: https://youtu.be/Q25EXIiwAjM)
  2. Talk about the importance of no kill rescues with your family and friends.
  3. Educate yourself on the realities of shelter care in the US and around the world.
  4. Perhaps adopt a new furry friend when you are able to provide them with the long term love and care they deserve.
  5. Consider becoming a foster parent for many of the cats and dogs as they await their new home. To learn more about adopting, volunteering, and fostering, visit pricelesspetrescue.org.

Thank you to all of the amazing organizations that made Operation Big Lift a success. And let this mission be an example that when groups of dedicated individuals come together in the name of animal welfare – anything – including saving lives – is possible. 

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