By Aimee Felker, Lakeland Currents
You can put love in the air on Valentine’s Day for 600 pets who will be flown to their forever homes from the Memphis-area.
Yehuda Netanel, developer behind the proposed Lake District in Lakeland, is making his second flight from Memphis Feb. 14 to rescue about 600 pets from six-area shelters to at-need shelters in Montreal and Spokane, WA. And your donations can facilitate the cost of the trip.
Mr. Netanel is the pilot-in-command of “Wings of Rescue,” a donation-based charity with a fleet of volunteer pilots flying at-risk pets throughout the United States and Canada for adoption.
You can help “Wings” reach the $18,000 goal needed for “Love is in the Air” by contributing online and specifying your money go to the Memphis flight. https://www.wingsofrescue.org/donate/
This will be a much larger event than the first in Memphis last month which rescued 150 pets. According to Mr. Netanel, the Valentine’s Day flight will utilize two large cargo planes along with a personal jet to facilitate the rescue. Mr. Netanel said this event would save close to 600 pets.
Animals will be saved from the following shelters according to Mr. Netanel:
- Humane Society of the Delta, Helena, AR
- West Memphis Animal shelter
- Tupelo MS
- Southaven, MS
- City of Memphis shelters
The pets will be transferred to at-need shelters from Montreal, Canada to Spokane, Washington. There are a total of five locations where pets will be re-homed.
Links to the organization:
Mr. Netanel is president of Gilad Development Corp. based in Woodland Hills, CA and has proposed a 160+ acre urban village development at the site of the former Factory Outlet Mall at Canada Road and I-40. Demolition and construction is expected to begin later this year.
He noted a meeting of Lakeland community volunteers scheduled for this month has been postponed until there is more information to share with the volunteers. Last year he enlisted the help of local volunteers to provide ideas about the proposed development.