The Orange Dog

The Orange Dog

October 26, 2011 14:00 ET

Media Advisory: From California to Canada 50 Homeless Dogs Get a Second Chance at Life on October 27th with the Orange Dog Freedom Flight, Supported by TD Financial Group

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Oct. 26, 2011) -

WHAT: 50 small breed dogs recently rescued by the Mary S. Roberts Adoption Centre in Riverside California are being flown on a private Gulfstream III jet from Long Beach, California to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in search of new forever homes. For these precious pooches, this is truly a new "leash" on life. These dogs were not adopted from their shelter in California, but in Edmonton, small breed dogs are much harder to find and, therefore, more easily adoptable. This is the sixth such Freedom Flight that Orange Dog has sponsored, resulting in over 400 dogs that have now found loving homes. The small breed dogs are in such demand that most are adopted within two weeks of arriving in Edmonton. The future is looking bright for these special dogs from Orange Dog Freedom Flight #6.

WHO: 50 adorable small breed dogs – purebreds to magnificent mutts – will arrive at the airport for their rescue flight with their foster parents.

The Orange Dog (, a registered Canadian charity, with support from the TD Financial Group, continues its unique rescue program which saves unwanted dogs from California shelters and flies them on a comfortable, private Gulfstream III jet to Edmonton where the chance of finding new forever homes is much greater. Once in Edmonton, the dogs are taken to the Edmonton Humane Society where they are adopted into loving homes.

WHEN: Thursday October 27th, 2011

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM, Long Beach California, Dogs arrive at Airflite for loading

9:15 AM – Tails up! Orange Dog Freedom Flight #6 takes off!

12:30 – 1:00 PM, Flight lands in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

WHERE: Executive Flight Centre, Edmonton (located north of the Edmonton International Airport)

Your coverage of this heartwarming event is invited. Photographing and videotaping the loading of the dogs along with the take off, interviews available with Orange Dog Founder Jan Folk, interviews with the pilots, photos with the pups, etc.


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

The Orange Dog Foundation website ( features a selection of high quality, fun, sustainably made products for dogs and their owners – 100% of all profits fund the Freedom Flight Program. Tax receipts will be issued for all donations. Donations can be made online at

The animal transfer program was first launched to encourage people to turn to the Edmonton Humane Society first when looking to bring one of the extremely popular small-breed dogs into their family. Staff at the Mary S Roberts Adoption Centre 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.

Contact Information

  • The Orange Dog Foundation
    Jan Folk

    The Orange Dog Foundation
    Sheila Witwicky

    Edmonton Humane Society (EHS)
    Shawna Randolph
    Media Relations & Marketing