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Bakersfield shelter dogs flying to Idaho to find new homes

One of the dogs being flown by Dog Is My CoPilot to find adoptive homes in Idaho if seen Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, at Bakersfield Animal Care Center in Bakersfield, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

Sixty Bakersfield shelter dogs will get a new leash on life in Idaho.

The Bakersfield Animal Care Center is working with pilot Peter Rork and his organization, Dog Is My CoPilot, to fly the dogs Saturday morning to the McPaws Regional Animal Shelter, Animal Shelter of Wood River Valley and Idaho Humane Society.

The Bakersfield Animal Care Center and SPCA continue to work with a similar organization, Wings of Rescue. Executive Director Julie Johnson said Rork wants to fly dogs monthly from crowded shelters in Bakersfield to places they can find adoptive homes.

This time, the pit bull mixes and Chihuahuas are heading to Idaho, because local over-breeding can make them difficult to adopt in Bakersfield.

"New Partnerships such as this to get more animals safely out of the shelter and in to new homes is critical to continue our lifesaving programs at the shelter,” Johnson said in a news release.

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