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Southwest Airlines Fills Cabin With Pets Orphaned During Houston Storm In Dramatic Rescue
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Southwest Airlines Fills Cabin With Pets Orphaned During Houston Storm In Dramatic Rescue

In scenes reminiscent of the Biblical story of Noah and his ark, Southwest Airlines took the extraordinary step this week of filling up the cabin of one of its planes with orphaned animals from flood-hit Houston.

Animal shelters all over Texas are at maximum capacity after Hurricane Harvey devastated the region, leaving many pets homeless and desperate. Enter Southwest Airlines, who together with animal rescue groups helped dozens of animals escape the floods, easing the burden on overworked shelters and creating room for more rescued pets.

Flying the orphaned animals to the Helen Woodward Animal Center in San Diego, California was literally a life-saving gesture. The Texas rescue group, Operation Pets Alive! had taken in an overwhelming number of orphaned dogs and cats who had inhabited shelters before the storm and were suddenly facing euthanasia simply because they had no place to go. The joint operation between the Helen Woodward Center and Southwest Airlines to relocate these animals allows Operation Pets Alive! to increase animal rescue operations in Houston, as it begins to recover from the effects of the devastating hurricane.

Volunteers helped board the animals into crates in the specially converted cabin of the aircraft, giving them a chance of a new life in California where it is hoped that they will eventually find homes. We don’t yet know if they had access to in-flight entertainment and meals, but we would like to think so!

Anyone who would to help animals affected by the current storms in Texas and Florida are encouraged to adopt or temporarily foster pets. This frees up space in local shelters for animals left newly homeless or separated from their owners. Get in touch with your local shelter for more details.

More info: Helen Woodward Animal Center | Operation Pets Alive | Florida Animal Rescue

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Layla
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4 years ago

United Airlines, take notes.

William Teach
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4 years ago

It's probably too late for United. Which would probably kick the pets off the flight.

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Connie Massaro
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4 years ago

We are at Tampa Int'l Airport in the Southwest terminal and there are an unbelievable number of pets everywhere. I think I heard the checkin people say they are waiving the pet fees. Leaving ahead of Irma due to hit Florida by Sunday. Cheers to Southwest Airlines.

Elina Kuusisto
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4 years ago

Please be safe! <3

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Random Panda
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4 years ago

Lovely :) I hope the poor pets can be reunited with their owners soon (or find a better home where they're not left behind) and don't end up getting killed in a shelter

meg ewen
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4 years ago

I think these were all the shelter animals that did NOT have family. Now in their new location they hopefully will get adopted.

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Layla
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4 years ago

United Airlines, take notes.

William Teach
Community Member
4 years ago

It's probably too late for United. Which would probably kick the pets off the flight.

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Connie Massaro
Community Member
4 years ago

We are at Tampa Int'l Airport in the Southwest terminal and there are an unbelievable number of pets everywhere. I think I heard the checkin people say they are waiving the pet fees. Leaving ahead of Irma due to hit Florida by Sunday. Cheers to Southwest Airlines.

Elina Kuusisto
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4 years ago

Please be safe! <3

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Random Panda
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4 years ago

Lovely :) I hope the poor pets can be reunited with their owners soon (or find a better home where they're not left behind) and don't end up getting killed in a shelter

meg ewen
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4 years ago

I think these were all the shelter animals that did NOT have family. Now in their new location they hopefully will get adopted.

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