Flight LSC-Montgomery Carries Pooch Passengers to New Homes

airplane in background students and instructor holding puppies
Lone Star College-Montgomery was honored recently when a flight carrying 26 rescued dogs was named after the college. Faculty, staff and students raised money and supplies to save dogs in area animal shelters and transport them across the country to new homes. More than $3,800 was raised for Operation Pets Alive. Pictured (l. to r.): Rui Hazeyama, Claudia Cortez, Ella Sumrall, Gabriella Cortez, and Kevin Sumrall, professor of psychology at LSC-Montgomery and coordinator of the campaign.

Flight Lone Star College-Montgomery departed from the Lone Star Executive Airport in Conroe last month, bound for Nashua, New Hampshire. The passengers? Twenty-six dogs, whose lives were rescued due to the generosity of the faculty, staff and students at Lone Star College-Montgomery. Collectively, they raised over $3,800 to remove these animals from area shelters and transport them to happy owners across the country. At-risk dogs are rescued by Operation Pets Alive, an all-volunteer organization in Montgomery County. They are fostered in homes, but donations are needed for the dogs to be transported. In appreciation for hard work of the faculty, staff and students, Operation Pets Alive named the flight after the college.

“It would be an understatement to say our local shelters are over-crowded," said Kevin Sumrall, professor of psychology at LSC-Montgomery, and coordinator of the fundraising campaign. "Many shelters in the northern states are in need of adoptable dogs. Our hope is that what we’ve done here can serve as a model and other sponsors will step up to finance these flights.”

Interested businesses and charities can contact Sumrall at (936) 273-7323 or Kevin.W.Sumrall@LoneStar.edu.  

LSC-Montgomery is located at 3200 College Park Drive, one-half mile west of Interstate 45, between Conroe and The Woodlands. For more information about the college, call 936.273.7000, or visit www.LoneStar.edu/montgomery.

Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion.  Today, with 78,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and one of the fastest-growing community college systems in the nation.  Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, seven centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.