Hundreds of dogs, cats up for adoption after large rescue

HILLSBORO, Ore. - Hundreds of dogs and cats are being flown to several states, including Oregon, in one of the largest animal rescue efforts on the West Coast.

The plan is to place the animals into better homes.

In all there will be four flights full of animals that will land in Hillsboro at Global Aviation. From there they'll go into foster care and be up for adoption at local rescues and shelters.

Three of those flights had touched down Friday afternoon and evening. The fourth was expected Saturday. In all, almost 135 dogs and 15 cats will make their way here.

The small planes that landed Friday carried puppies, older dogs, and a few dogs with special needs. They all came up from southern California.

Folks from the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society say 19 of the dogs came from just one rescue operation where they would have been euthanized. The owner of that operation in Mojave, Calif. struggled with permits and was given six months to remove the dogs from her property. But thanks to local rescuers, they'll be out of a high-risk situation and into a loving home.

"Because we do live where we live, we kind of take for granted that there are thousands of animals dying every single day. So to be able to save these lives is pretty overwhelming," said Tracy Bryant with West Columbia Gorge Humane Society.

One of the dogs is blind and is already adopted. Rescuers say they are all healthy and safe now that they're here in Oregon.

"I think people are starting to understand special needs dogs are just as able and capable - they're differently able - but they're definitely able-bodied companions and they give a different kind of love - a special kind of love only a special needs dog can show you," said Amanda Giese, who is rescuing special needs dogs.

Several local groups were involved in bringing them here and finding them homes, saying they've been working on this for weeks. They say the animals are pretty much ready to go to new homes.

The approximately 200 remaining animals will be flown to places for adoption in California, Washington, Montana, Arizona and Idaho.

The animals will be placed in foster homes and will be up for adoption through local shelters and rescue operations. To find out where, click here.