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Peggy Adams will rescue animals from Grand Bahama in "Operation Puppy Lift"

WEST PALM BEACH, FL– (November 7, 2021) – On Monday, November 8, Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League is expected to receive a total of six puppies and dogs from Grand Bahama.   Peggy Adams is one of five Florida shelters involved in this rescue mission Operation Puppy Lift coordinated by the Humane Society of Grand Bahama (HSGB) and Wings of Rescue.

As many as 34 puppies and dogs will arrive Monday morning at Jet Aviation in West Palm Beach around 9:15 am. Peggy Adams will pick up the six animals they are rescuing, that range from nine-months old to two-years old and drive back to Peggy Adams by noon.   Before these puppies and dogs can be adopted, they will be in quarantine for at least two weeks.

“We are happy to help our neighbors in Grand Bahama with this life-saving rescue,” said Rich Anderson, Executive Director/CEO of Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League. “Grand Bahama’s economy was already struggling when Hurricane Dorian hit, followed by the pandemic.  Recent data estimates that 50% of residents are unemployed and there simply isn’t enough prospective adopters or local financial supporters.” Anderson adds, “Although the Humane Society continues to spay and neuter as many animals as they can and educate the public on responsible pet ownership, there is still an urgent need to help relieve the shelters on the Island and find forever homes for these animals.”

"The conditions for unwanted pets in Grand Bahamas are dire,” said Ric Browde, CEO of Wings of Rescue, “so we are extremely grateful that our kind partners at the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League {and other area rescue groups} are stepping up to help the situation by saving this plane full of dogs, all of which will make great companions and family members in the United States.”

Many of the dogs that are being rescued are what are locally referred to as “Bahamian Potcakes,” a breed which has evolved to be extremely smart, loyal and loving. “Potcake” is a term that derives from the practice of local residents feeding dogs the caked remains at the bottom of cooking pots. This breed is known as friendly, protective of their owners and make good family pets. 

If you are unable to adopt but still wish to help Peggy Adams care for these animals in our community, you can become a foster volunteer. Foster volunteers provide temporary care for animals in need. Peggy Adams provides all the supplies; fosters supply a temporary, loving home so that all these animals will be saved.

Peggy Adams has a variety of adorable dogs, cats, puppies and kittens looking for their forever loving home. All adoptable pets are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped. Adopters receive a free starter bag of Hill’s Pet Nutrition food, 30 days of PetFirst Pet Insurance, and a registered HomeAgain Microchip. To view available adoptable animals and learn about the adoption process, please visit PeggyAdams.org/Adopt

The Humane Society of Grand Bahama (HSGB)

The Humane Society of Grand Bahama (HSGB) was founded in 1968 to provide safe harbour for the island’s homeless and abused animals. We are the only animal welfare organization on the island, which encompasses 530 square miles and has the Bahamas’ second largest urban area (Freeport). The island’s human population is more than 50,000. Operation Puppy Lift was established in 2004 by HSGB; and since its inception over 1000 dogs and puppies have been “airlifted” to the U.S. to private homes or no-kill rescues/shelters to find their forever homes.

To learn more visit humanesocietygb.org.

ABOUT WINGS OF RESCUE

Wings of Rescue is a donation-based charity flying large-scale transports of at-risk shelter pets from overcrowded shelters and disaster zones to partner shelters where there is empty kennel space. Founded in 2012 and headquartered in Southern California, Wings of Rescue utilizes chartered cargo planes to “Let the Fur Fly” from and to locations in the United States and internationally. Since its inception in 2012, more than 59,000 pets have flown to safety. So far in 2021, Wings of Rescue has carried 7,000+ pets to safe havens and delivered over 50,000 pounds of humanitarian supplies to shelters in need. For more information, visit www.wingsofrescue.org

MEDIA INQUIRIES: Gene Gable, gene@wingsofrescue.org, 707-235-0869

About Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League:

Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League saves more lives than any other rescue organization in Palm Beach County and provides critical services to more than 30,000 animals each year.

The Mission of Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League is to provide shelter to lost, homeless, and unwanted animals, to provide spay and neuter and other medical services for companion animals, and to care for, protect, and find quality homes for homeless and neglected companion animals, to advocate animal welfare, community involvement, and education to further the bond between people and animals. Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity navigator, and is the first animal shelter in South Florida to become AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) accredited. Peggy Adams is an independent nonprofit animal rescue organization operating continuously since 1925. For more information and to donate, please visit PeggyAdams.org.

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Media Contact: Cara MacVane, Email; 561.685.2342

Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League Contact: Lauren Ellis, Email; (Office) 561.472.8845

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