Last Updated on January 27, 2023 by Pets Feed
In late August, unfortunately, a 6-month-old German Shepherd mix was abandoned in the San Francisco International Airport terminal. According to information from a representative of the airline.
According to reports, the traveler had to leave his pup at the terminal when he received a notification from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that his documents were not sufficient to bring him into the country.
Pilot gives abandoned puppy a home at airport
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regulations, dogs must meet specific requirements to enter the United States, particularly if they are from a country with a high risk of rabies. The dog’s former owner did not mention where he was from, but depending on his origin, he may require quarantine upon arrival in the United States.
United Airlines took the pup, named Polaris, to a quarantine center in Los Angeles. He remained in quarantine from September to early December, as required by law, before being returned to the custody of the San Francisco SPCA animal shelter to find him a new home.
Lisa Feder, rescue and wellness manager for the SF SPCA, said in a statement according to Insider:
“United’s customer service team took on a great challenge to ensure Polaris was safe, healthy and found a loving home.”
Before allowing him to reside permanently in the United States, United staff at San Francisco International Airport showed Polaris their love and care by offering him food, candy and toys, a gesture touching from the airline.
In early December, Captain William Dale and his family welcomed Polaris as a permanent member of their household.
Captain Dale said:
“Polaris is doing wonders and adjusting to his new home. He’s incredibly grateful.”
In mid-December, United Airlines held an adoption celebration at the same airport where Polaris was abandoned. To commemorate this special occasion and show appreciation for SF SPC’s role in Polaris’ adoption, they donated the generous sum of $5,000.
Naturally, the guest of honor donned a festive Santa costume with his family that day.
Finally, Lisa added:
“Without a doubt, the United team went above and beyond for this animal. There’s a saying in the world of animal welfare: ‘A dog won’t change the world, but a dog will change the world.’
Images: Courtesy of United Airlines
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