by Daelyn Fortney
Categories: Animals, People
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Kevin Costner has joined forces with The Orange Dog founder Jan Folk in her efforts to save the massive amount of dogs who are being held in crowded animal shelters throughout California. Giving the pups a second chance at life, Folk flies the dogs from the states to Canada aboard a Global Exec Aviation private luxury jet.

This Friday July 30th Costner and his white Lab Daisy will take to the skies aboard the dog rescue liner to show his support of The Orange Dog’s mission. The actor will depart from Aspen, Colo. and arrive in Edmonton, Alberta.

Folk, an Edmonton businesswoman, philanthropist, and life-long dog lover, started The Orange Dog animal transfer program 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.” Folk was aware that California animal shelters have been overpopulated with small-breed dogs—many of whom will ultimately be euthanized. She combined the two thoughts and started transporting pups from the Golden State to the Alberta Capital.

  • Tracy Hennigar

    Bravo Kevin Costner! Bravo also to the woman helping these animals! No matter how large or small, any operation to assist helpless ones is a feat that should be recognized and publcized in order to encourage others to do the same!

  • ratking

    kevin costner is a great man! i adored him already doing ‘dances with wolves’!!!!!!!!

  • http://kevincostner/rescuedogs sharon49

    HOORAY FOR KEVIN COSTNER AND JAN FOLK FOR THEIR EFFORTS TO RESCUE SHELTER DOGS!!!!!!!!
    MAY HOMELAND SECURITY TAKE A PAGE FROM THIS AND FOLLOW THEIR LEAD. THEY ARE IN THE MARKET FOR GOOD DOGS, PERHAPS THEY CAN RESCUE SHELTER DOGS INSTEAD OF PAYING PREMIUM PRICES ( our tax dollars at work ) FOR PRICEY
    PEDIGREED DOGS.
    just a thought.

  • http://carolryderlaw.com Carol Ryder Esquire

    Bravo!

    There is always a serious mimatch between supply and demand in shelters…it was heartbreaking to have people come in looking for small dogs in the shelters I volunteer(ed) with (Long Island, NY), walk out to head elsewhere to buy a puppy/dog (or cat), yet 45 minutes away by car, in NYC, the same dogs and cats they want so badly they will pay, inhumanely, if they only knew, $1K+ more for(even dogs that cost $1,500, $2K plus before spay/neuter/shots costs if purchased) are being killed due to overcrowding at the shelters, often within days of being brought in. Sure, I adore my Pits and Pit mixes (“Labbits”), spend 90% of my time at the shelter with Pits, Rotties and mixes of such, and foster them, but, alas I cannot convince someone who wants a little dog and/or needs an 8 lb. dog that can be safely flown in an airplane and/or permitted in the adopter’s building to adopt a 70 lb. dog. In between semesters of law school, we brought puppies and dogs headed for the gas chamber, up from states where they gassed dogs, and the pups were gone in an hour and the dogs were adopted in under a couple of hours at various adoption fairs we helped arrange…it is just a matter of trying to match supply and demand. It REALLLY helps when celebrities such as Kevin Costner, Alicia Silverstone, Pink, Pamela Anderson, Katherine Heigelberger, Bill Maher, Betty White, Mary Tyler Moore, Bob Barker, Paul McCartney, David Duchovny, Hayden Panettiere, Alicia Keys, Kara DioGuardi, Robin Williams, Khloe Kardashian and so many other wonderful kind-hearted celebrities keep promoting animal rights, including adoption through their causes, and adopt personally, and we know how celebrity-obsessed our culture is…this helps make adoption “in” and places a stigma, in a way, against buyers. I am not saying this is “right” but however, whenever we can promote adoption and reduce the horrendously inhumane breeding (for the animals involved as those who lose out on homes because people buy rather than adopt).

    For more information on animal law, and seminar schedules for “Animal Law for the pet Lover”, see Carolryderlaw.com

  • http://rodeocruelty.com Janet Elin

    Great that Kevin is helping dogs! What about all the horses and other animals rodeos routinely kill each performance? Kevin and his band are scheduled to perform at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo where horses and other animals have been injured and killed. See: http://www.ShameOnCheyenne.com for more information and videos.