San Francisco, CA – A pilot with United Airlines has adopted a puppy who was abandoned at the San Francisco Airport earlier this fall. The pup, named Polaris, was adopted by United Captain William Dale and his family thanks to a collaborative effort between the San Francisco SPCA and United Airlines.
Lisa Feder, SF SPCA Chief of Rescue and Welfare, said:
“United’s Customer Service team took on quite a challenge to ensure Polaris would be safe, healthy, and find a loving home,. We were honored that United called the SF SPCA to facilitate this adoption because of our knowledge and expertise in adoptions, as well as nearly 155 years of offering care and protection to pets.”
As reported by Fox News, the puppy’s original owner arrived at the San Francisco Airport from China, and he did not have the proper documents for the pup, so he continued on his journey to New York without his dog. The CDC wanted Polaris to be euthanized locally, or returned to China to be put down, but United Airlines pleaded with the agency to reconsider.
Fortunately for Polaris and his new family, things worked out for the pup to be adopted locally. On December 15, United hosted a celebratory adoption party at SFO and donated $5,000 to the SF SPCA to support their year-round lifesaving work helping animals who are ill, injured, homeless, or in need of an advocate.
During the holiday season, the SF SPCA is making it easier for anyone to give a lucky pet a new home with FREE adoptions for all adult dogs (5+ months old) through December 31 and get 50% off the puppy adoption fee by completing their online Puppy Parent Orientation course. View adoptable animals at sfspca.org/adopt.