Love is in the Air" Freedom Flight lands at Museum with hundreds of rescued pets destined for adoptions at local animal shelters

SEATTLE, Feb. 8, 2016--Just in time for Valentines Day, the Museum hosts a heartfelt airlift on Feb. 13 as Wings of Rescue arrives with more than 200 at-risk dogs and cats from over-crowded animal shelters in California and Oklahoma. The rescued animals will be available for adoption from animal shelters in the Seattle area. The "Love is in the Air" Freedom Flight will use seven airplanes, with arrivals at the Museum beginning at 12:30 p.m. (times subject to change). Museum visitors are welcome to watch and applaud the transfer of the furry friends to reps from the shelters that will be offering the pets for adoption.

An area near the planes will be available for photo ops for all, and for visitors to learn about next-day adoption of an airlifted pet from a local shelter (there will be no adoptions at the Museum). From 1 to 2 p.m., visitors can talk with Wings of Rescue co-founders Yehuda Netanel and Cindy Smith, and meet some former shelter dogs with heartwarming success stories.

Valentines To Cover Plane
For the "Love is in the Air' Freedom Flight, the flagship plane will be covered in Valentines from donors. To learn more about how to donate, contact Wings of Rescue.

Local Seattle Shelter Partners of the "Love is in the Air" Freedom Flight
The Feb. 13 airlift to the Museum is in partnership with several local animal shelters, including PAWS, The NOAH Center, Kitsap Humane Society, Humane Society Tacoma-Pierce County, Skagit Humane Society, Seattle Animal Shelter and Sunny Skies Dog Rescue. Representatives from these shelters will be taking delivery of the airlifted animals. People interesting in adopting from the airlift should contact the shelter directly, not The Museum of Flight.

Many of the animal crates used on the Freedom Flight are being generously donated by Petmate.

Wings of Rescue is a 501 C-3 of volunteer pilots conducting on-going, life-saving sustainable airlifts that have save 17,252 high-risk shelter pets and counting! Wings of Rescue is committed to saving the lives of shelter dogs and cats that are facing certain death by transporting them from over-crowded shelters to shelters that are under populated and in need of animals for adoption. Each flight costs thousands to execute and Wings of Rescue rely solely on donations to pay for the cost of each rescue flight. To donate, please visit or call 516-567-5205. Wings of Rescue media contact, Denise St. Jean: 310-795-4811.

Images: Wings of Rescue airlift arrivals. Photo credit: Jim Nista.

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2016 Boeing Centennial Recognition
The Museum of Flight draws upon its unrivaled collection of Boeing aircraft, artifacts, images and documents to present The Boeing Company story during the year of its centennial, 2016. The Museum-wide Boeing recognition will be enhanced with public lectures, films and other presentations that focus on Seattle and popular culture during the past century.

The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, Exit 158 off Interstate 5 on Boeing Field halfway between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $20 for adults, $17 for seniors 65 and older, $17 for active military, $12 for youth 5 to 17, and free for children under 5. Group rates are available. Admission on the first Thursday of the month is free from 5 to 9 p.m. courtesy of Wells Fargo. McCormick & Schmick's Wings Café is on site. For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit

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