The Fly To Freedom Dog Rescue (FTFDR) is a 501 (C) (3) all-volunteer non-profit organization that is saving the lives of homeless puppies and dogs on the tiny eastern Caribbean Island of Anguilla since 2019.
Driven to make a difference on a 16-mile x 3-mile-wide island with 14,000 residents, Anguilla enthusiasts Leigh Fazzina and Valerie Staley (of Philadelphia) founded the Fly To Freedom Dog Rescue to help save the lives of homeless puppies that would otherwise not have a chance at life in Anguilla due to overpopulation. Leigh and Valerie have built a team of 25 volunteers from foster parents to transporters. Every volunteer brings a special set of dog rescue skills and can-do attitude willing to make anything happen.
The Fly To Freedom Dog Rescue works to identify Anguilla visitors who can volunteer by transporting a puppy from Anguilla to the United States, organize the Freedom Flights, promote the puppies for adoption, and adopt the puppies to individuals and families in the United States.
Fly To Freedom Flyer Dog Rescue obtains its puppies two ways:
It is important to note that Anguilla Animal Rescue Foundation (AARF) is the only dog rescue in Anguilla and their work is focused on on-island puppy rescue and adoptions only. Where the Fly To Freedom Dog Rescue comes in is getting the puppies to the United States for adoption.
All of the puppies that we fly into the United States for adoption are healthy, vaccinated and enter the country per U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines. We work with two outstanding veterinarian doctors and staff at both Morlens Veterinary Clinic and Pelican Mobile PetCare in Anguilla.
“We had heard about Potcake puppies from the Eastern Caribbean Islands and learned through a friend about the Fly To Freedom Dog Rescue. We had a great adoption experience and have absolutely fallen in love with our puppy, Cako. She is fantastic! Leigh and her team were supportive and informative throughout the entire adoption process. My girlfriend and I find ourselves telling everyone who asks us about our puppy all about the Fly To Freedom Dog Rescue.”
- Kevin Plotkin, Wayne, Pennsylvania