The Orange Dog

The Orange Dog

February 12, 2010 10:00 ET

"Love Is in the Air" During Life-Saving Animal Transfer From California to Edmonton, Alberta.

Tiny hearts hoping to meet their Alberta "love match", heading to Edmonton in time for Valentine's Day

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Feb. 12, 2010) - This Valentine's Day weekend, while we are all surrounded by flowers, chocolates and shades of red and pink a love story with real heart is going Orange.

On Friday February 12th, The Orange Dog is proud to make it possible for 85 small breed dogs to be transferred from the Central California SPCA to the Edmonton Humane Society on a private Gulfstream III jet. This Friday will mark the third flight that The Orange Dog has been able to provide transportation in saving these little dogs from certain death as a partner in the Edmonton Humane Society's extremely popular animal transfer program, "California Canine Cuties".

The Orange Dog is the brainchild of Edmonton businesswoman and philanthropist, Jan Folk. As a friend and generous donor to the EHS, Jan leapt at the opportunity to help in this life-saving initiative in the spring of 2009, but still she wished she could do more. The Orange Dog was born.

The Orange Dog believes that the most powerful solutions to the plight of the powerless are in the hands of those who demonstrate the commitment, courage and imagination to take one-on-one action. Folk explains, "The Orange Dog was created as an online gathering place to share and celebrate individual acts of animal kindness. Committed people are doing amazing things, and we wants to say thanks. My hope is that when you read the stories on you'll be inspired to undertake your own act of animal kindness."

With the "Love is in the air" flight leaving direct from Fresno this time, Folk will be able to personally thank the dedicated volunteers in that area for their unbelievable hard work in arranging that each dog be spayed or neutered, receive all necessary vaccinations, and have medical exams and testing before their trip. "It will be very emotional as these hard working volunteers say goodbye to the dogs that they have come to love." says Folk. "But I can't wait to meet them and hear their amazing stories."

"The heart of this program's success has been largely because of the dedication from loving volunteers on either side of the border," says Edmonton Humane Society spokesperson, Shawna Randolph. "It is estimated that 18,000 volunteer hours have been committed to saving these small creatures. It's unbelievable how much love goes into this."

The animal transfer program was first launched to encourage people to turn to the EHS first when looking to bring one of the extremely popular small-breed dogs into their family. Staff at the Central California SPCA and other animal shelters in the area continuously deal with large volumes of admitted and stray animals each day, and feel that they would have no other choice but to eventually euthanize the dogs if they were not transferred.

The EHS finds that more people are willing to wait for the California dogs because they know that many of those sold in newspaper or on-line ads, or in pet stores may come from puppy mills or brokers where they often live in horrible conditions; and are often bred without considering the dogs' welfare.

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