Canine deserted at San Francisco airport adopted by pilot – WPXI
SAN FRANCISCO — A dog abandoned at San Francisco International Airport has since found its forever home — with a pilot.
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The San Francisco SPCA said in a press release they have partnered with United Airlines to give a forever home to a dog named Polaris after he was abandoned in the SFO. Through their partnership, Polaris found a forever home with United Captain William Dale and his family.
On December 15, United Airlines, along with the SF SPCA, hosted a party for the adoption of Polaris. According to CNN, the airline donated $5,000 to SF SPCA.
“United’s customer service team undertook quite a challenge to ensure Polaris is safe and sound and finds a loving home,” said Lisa Feder, SF SPCA Chief of Rescue and Welfare, in the press release. “We are honored that United has called the SF SPCA to facilitate this adoption based on our knowledge and experience of adoption and our nearly 155 years of experience caring for and protecting pets. We are grateful to celebrate with them today and for their $5,000 donation, which will help save lives throughout the year.”
According to the SF SPCA, Polaris arrived in SFO with a traveler from an international destination. The customer reportedly chose to travel without the dog. United worked to ensure the dog could meet the necessary requirements for entry into the United States, which included a quarantine period.
“From the moment Polaris landed in our care, our entire SFO United team provided 24/7 care for him until we received permission to keep him safely in the United States,” said Vincent Passafiume, Director of Customer Service at United press release. “It’s an amazing feeling to see this story come full circle and that Polaris will have a loving home with United Airlines Captain Dale and his family just in time for the holidays.”