Cats take flight from Florida to Fayette


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SPCA, located in Lakeland, Florida, partnered with Fayette Regional Humane Society to help save lives. On Thursday, over 20 cats were flown from Florida to Fayette County by a pilot who donated his time and airplane to assist with relocating the cats. FRHS was chosen as a partner due to the success of the FRHS adoption program. Pictured (left-to-right) are pilot Mark Helmericks, FRHS Executive Director Dr. Lee Schrader, Veterinary Technician Danyel Bageant, Adoption Coordinator Bobbi Honicker and Animal Care Manager Haylee Riley.

SPCA, located in Lakeland, Florida, partnered with Fayette Regional Humane Society to help save lives. On Thursday, over 20 cats were flown from Florida to Fayette County by a pilot who donated his time and airplane to assist with relocating the cats. FRHS was chosen as a partner due to the success of the FRHS adoption program. Pictured (left-to-right) are pilot Mark Helmericks, FRHS Executive Director Dr. Lee Schrader, Veterinary Technician Danyel Bageant, Adoption Coordinator Bobbi Honicker and Animal Care Manager Haylee Riley.


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On Thursday afternoon, 26 homeless cats were flown to the Fayette County Airport by SPCA Florida (SPCAF) as part of an effort to save the cats’ lives in a partnership with the Fayette Regional Humane Society (FRHS).

SPCAF works hard to help Polk County, Fla. to be a no-kill location, according to officials. To reduce further overcrowding, SPCAF’s Media and Partnership Relations Randa Richter had contacted FRHS for assistance.

“We are grateful to Fayette Regional Humane Society for lending Polk County a hand in saving more lives. In partnership with Polk County Animal Control, we strive to take Polk County to a No-Kill status by 2025,” said Richter in a press release.

According to FRHS Executive Director Dr. Lee Schrader, the colder season in Ohio means lower intake for felines.

“In the north, we are overwhelmed with cats and kittens during the warmer months, while we have very few in the winter. We are very happy to be able to use our resources to help cats in Florida, where they are working to find homes for cats and kittens year-round, and we are especially delighted to help Polk County become a no-kill county,” said Schrader.

The Fayette Regional Humane Society currently has 115 cats and kittens in their adoption program. While FRHS still has an intake waiting list, its very high adoption rate is giving these cats a much needed second chance.

The Fayette Regional Humane Society is a non-profit (501(c)(3), volunteer organization. It receives less than 2 percent of its support from governmental organizations and therefore must rely on donations, grants and fundraising to carry out its mission. The Humane Society is the only organization in Fayette County able to respond to calls about abused, neglected, and injured domestic animals, 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

To learn more about the Fayette Regional Humane Society, please visit its website at www.fayettehumanesociety.com.

SPCA, located in Lakeland, Florida, partnered with Fayette Regional Humane Society to help save lives. On Thursday, over 20 cats were flown from Florida to Fayette County by a pilot who donated his time and airplane to assist with relocating the cats. FRHS was chosen as a partner due to the success of the FRHS adoption program. Pictured (left-to-right) are pilot Mark Helmericks, FRHS Executive Director Dr. Lee Schrader, Veterinary Technician Danyel Bageant, Adoption Coordinator Bobbi Honicker and Animal Care Manager Haylee Riley.
https://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2020/11/web1_45Kt5dmQ-1446613495.jpegSPCA, located in Lakeland, Florida, partnered with Fayette Regional Humane Society to help save lives. On Thursday, over 20 cats were flown from Florida to Fayette County by a pilot who donated his time and airplane to assist with relocating the cats. FRHS was chosen as a partner due to the success of the FRHS adoption program. Pictured (left-to-right) are pilot Mark Helmericks, FRHS Executive Director Dr. Lee Schrader, Veterinary Technician Danyel Bageant, Adoption Coordinator Bobbi Honicker and Animal Care Manager Haylee Riley. Courtesy photo

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