Beirut Pet Rescue Effort Planned

Organization plans to transport 300 dogs and cats from Lebanon to Utah.

Posted: September 21, 2006, 5 a.m. EST

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The Utah-based sanctuary Best Friends Animal Society says it’s planning a major pet rescue effort for cats and dogs trapped in the war-torn city of Beirut, Lebanon.

The organization says that Sept. 25 it will send a cargo pane to fly 300 dogs and cats from Beirut to Manchester, England and then to New York City’s JFK Airport. From there, the animals will be flown to Las Vegas.

Once in Las Vegas, trucks will transport the dogs and cats to temporary facilities at the animal society’s sanctuary in Kanab, Utah.

The animal group is preparing for the pet rescue mission by building temporary shelters to house the pets until they are adopted. As of last week, 21 dogs had been adopted in advance, according to Best Friends spokeswoman Barbara Williamson.

Hundreds of pets were left homeless in Beirut beginning July 19, when the U.S. began evacuating its citizens from Lebanon because of ongoing and escalating violence in the region. Evacuees were not allowed to bring their pets, and many animals were left to fend for themselves.

For more information on the rescue effort, visit or call (877) 919-5463.

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Margaret    Steamboat Springs, CO

11/25/2006 12:20:38 PM

I am so happy to hear that these living beings are being rescued. All living beings should be rescued.
I am 54 years old and newly "semi" dis-abled. Would it be possible for me to adopt a cat with an amputeed limb? I would love to have a constant reminder that I am not the only one suffering andthat I need to get over my pity-party. Please contact me via e-mail or phone (970) 879 - 5254. Warm regards,
Margaret S.

Sajinne    Glennville, GA

9/21/2006 7:10:28 AM

This rescue effort should be lauded because it shows the unflinching dedication of the hardworking organizers. I am touched and inspired and it helps to restore my faith in humanity when good people will go the extra mile to help those traumatised animals who cannot help themselves.Let us all assist in the adoption effort if possible.

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