Golden Rescue™, Canada’s largest single-breed animal rescue organization, invites the media to join us today at 3:30 p.m. at Air Canada Cargo, 2580 Britannia Road East, Mississauga, for the emotional arrival of six puppies and seven adult Golden Retrievers who were at the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul when it came under attack. Air Canada Flight 811 is currently transporting this precious cargo ‘home’ just in time for Canada Day.
Neither the animals nor their volunteer caregivers were injured as they were getting ready to board their rescue flight to Canada as part of our Rescue Mission of Love – Operation Istanbul. The Lucky 13 are now in the air on a rescheduled flight, touching down today as noted.
This is the first time Golden Rescue will be welcoming puppies to Canada. Puppy pairs (shown below) will travel together in a crate to ensure their safety and utmost care during their 10-hour journey. Board Chair, Viive Tamm (who will be at the airport today and available for interview) says, “These Goldens have endured what most of us cannot imagine. This is perhaps our most profoundly emotional arrival, considering the tragedy at the Istanbul Airport. There will be a lot of love waiting for them from their foster families, Golden Rescue volunteers and even Air Canada Cargo employees.” Tamm explains that with this arrival, Golden Rescue will have re-homed 97 abused, neglected, and forgotten Goldens from Istanbul and that the rescue mission will be a monthly occurrence, ongoing into 2017.
Image above show Goldens Lulu & Jewel (left) and Pink & Ringo prior to boarding their flight in Istanbul.