An international filmmaker made a stop in the Garden City to spotlight the need to save animals from kill shelters.
Flying Fur features a pilot who flies animals to safer living conditions.
The event at the Augusta Museum of History gave local animal shelters and the community a chance to screen a film and chat about getting involved with local rescue shelters.
“We’re here to support the organization for the flying fur event. They do transports across the state, so we definitely support that. We are a local agency here and we do some transports across the state, but mostly in the CSRA area” says Kathy Ellis of Hands to Paws Rescue.
Paul Steklenski flies dogs and cats from kill shelters to temporary shelters until they find a forever home. Local shelter directors tell us they have not personally received animals aboard flying fur, but they can identify with the work
The director of the film Matt Nothelfer adds, “Fostering animals, rescue organizations, homerun shelters, just the people behind the scenes that really make it happen. Not just one guy in and airplane but the entire network of people.”
Not only do shelters need people to foster animals in their homes, they also need monetary donations.
“Rescues are run solely on donations. So without the kindness of the public and adoption fees, we have no funds”, adds Gretchen Iakovidis, Director of Team Stinkykiss
The stop in Augusta didn’t happen by chance. Matt Nothelfer, who is a native of Augusta, has since adopted one of the four legged stars from the film who is from South Carolina.
“One of the dogs that we have with us today and not only just here, but one of the stars of the film was actually rescued in Lexington, S.C.”, shares Matt.
To find local shelters and ways you can volunteer or adopt a pet, click HERE.