[caption id="attachment_6410" align="alignnone" width="300"]Rescued pets wait to be loaded onto an airplane at the Livermore Municipal Airport in Livermore, Calif., on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015. Wings of Rescue is a nonprofit that flies California rescues to other parts of the country where they stand a better chance of getting adopted. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group) ( ANDA CHU )[/caption]For scores of dogs running out of time in Bay Area shelters, Cindy Smith is something of an angel.

Not only does the Livermore woman work with rescue groups to save the dogs no one seems to want, she and a cadre of volunteer pilots fly the canines hundreds of miles northward, where loving homes await.

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