One plane on an Omaha tarmac became the cat’s meow.
The Nebraska Humane Society flew 93 of its adoptable felines to Seattle on Friday. The cats will go to a handful of shelters in the Pacific Northwest to be adopted out.
Shelters in that area are seeing a shortage of adoptable cats, said Pam Wiese, spokeswoman for the Nebraska shelter.
The transport came at a good time for the Nebraska Humane Society, too, since it was nearing catpacity. It will help to shrink the shelter’s population ahead of an expected springtime kitten boom. It also means fewer cats to shuffle around as the adoption area undergoes renovations next month, Wiese said.
The shelter has also been busy after taking in more than 100 animals for temporary lodging during the March flooding. Some of the animals are still waiting to reunite with their humans.
Two nonprofits assisted in the cat transport. GreaterGood.org provided crates for each cat and Wings of Rescue covered the flight. All cats — adults and kittens — had been spayed or neutered, and received vaccinations and microchips, Wiese said.
Humane Society staff helped load the cats onto the plane. Most cats seemed content on the tarmac, Wiese said, if not a little curious. Some let out a few meows.
This was the Humane Society’s “maiden voyage” by air. In the past they’ve transported animals on the road. The Humane Society has been on the receiving end of an animal transport, too, but usually for dogs.
“We were very happy to provide kitties to families in the Pacific Northwest,” Wiese said. “It’s another way for us to make sure our animals get to a place where they’ll have great homes.”
Adoptable cats are still available at the Humane Society.
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Waiting their turn with the veterinarian are Duane Robertson of Pacific Junction, Iowa with Daisy, a corgi, left, Nicki, a border collie mix and Charlie an Australian shepherd-blue heeler mix, front left. To keep all the animals calm they were staged in a storage room filled with flood relief supplies. The Salvation Army Council Bluffs Corps in collaboration with Dr. Melissa Harrer and friends-from the Animal Clinic of Council Bluffs, holds a pet clinic specifically for families that have been affected by recent flooding.
Duane Robertson of Pacific Junction, Iowa, right, comforts Nicki, a border collie being held by Robertson's daughter, Holly Jackson of Glenwood, Iowa, center, as Dr. Melissa Harrer, left, delivers a vaccination. Looking on with concern are Charlie, an Australian shepherd-blue heeler mix with his paws on the table, and a mini Australian shepherd named Josie, lower right.
Holly Jackson of Glenwood, Iowa holds Josie, a mini Australian shepherd while waiting for the vet to return with a vaccination.
Waiting for paperwork after being cared for are Colin Elston, 2, Donald Elston and Sarah Elston all of Missouri Valley, Iowa. The German shepherds from left are Bella, Falcor and Loki.
Duane Robertson of Pacific Junction, Iowa, center, watches as Dr. Melissa Harrer, right works on a dog named Henry with the help of Robertson's daughter, Holly Jackson of Glenwood, Iowa, left.
A tag for bravery was given to each animal treated at the pet clinic for flood victims.
The Salvation Army Council Bluffs Corps in collaboration with Dr. Melissa Harrer and friends-from the Animal Clinic of Council Bluffs, holds a pet clinic specifically for families that have been affected by recent flooding.