Homeless Voyaging Dog “John” Gets a Cross-Country Flight for Life

The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, Pet Airways and other U.S. rescue organizations, help coordinate the extensive effort of returning John, 3 y/o pit bull mix, to the west coast where he will have another chance to live and find a stable forever home

Thanks to the Wheels of Hope for Homeless Pets transport van program – one of the many programs part of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals to help reduce the euthanasia rate of healthy and treatable animals in New York City shelters and Pet Airways – the first airline specifically designed for the comfortable, efficient transportation of pets; a homeless dog’s life has been saved through a successful cross-country transport that has given a courageous pooch a second chance at life, and another chance to find a permanent home.

On Thursday, September 9 Melissa Donaldson, Coordinator of Veterinary Care and APO Oversight at the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals transported John – a three year old Pitt Bull mix, to Republic Airport in Farmingdale, Long Island where he caught his flight via Pet Airways to Los Angeles’ John Northop/Hawthorne Executive Airport en route to Nevada. John arrived to Los Angeles, today where he met his new foster who will care for him until he can be transported from LA to the Nevada SPCA.

The Mayor’s Alliance worked diligently with the many rescue organizations involved, the fosters and Pet Airways to coordinate the extensive effort of returning John to the west coast where he will have another chance to live and find a stable forever home.

So many of the elements that help to make the Mayor’s Alliance successful are working to help John – adoption, microchipping, kind foster families, shelters coast to coast, Pet Airways – we ask you to publicize his amazing story to help him find a home.

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John has already traveled from the West Coast to the East Coast and now is returning to the west coast, where he will be in foster care until he finds a permanent home. John has quite a travel history — he was adopted by a family from the Nevada SPCA, however they soon moved to Delaware where John was “given away.” Then, on June 30, 2010, John was brought to the AC&C Shelter in Brooklyn NY by NYPD officers as a stray and since he is a sweet dog with no behavioral issues, he quickly found a foster family in NYC. AC&C discovered that he is microchipped, so his chip was traced back to the Nevada SPCA and the owner was located. Unfortunately, the owner did not want to take John back, but the Nevada SPCA, was more than willing to take back John, but they had no way to transport him back to the west coast from New York City. AC&C’s New Hope team then contacted the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals to help with John’s transportation.



One Response to “Homeless Voyaging Dog “John” Gets a Cross-Country Flight for Life”

  1. Zoeysmommie says:

    I would give him a forever home, unfortunately, I live in Canada (Ontario), It saddens me that he looked so hard for his family and they would not take him back, I could never “give away” my baby. When are people going to learn that pets are not just a temporary amusment, but a member of the family? A sad story which will hopefully have a happy ending, yet there will be no happy ending for the hundreds of thousands of other animals that will lose their lives because their once “forever” familys now find them inconvienent.

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