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This Airline Rescued a Whole Plane Full of Puppies From Hurricane Harvey

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Social Content Editor
Updated: 11 September 2017

As Hurricane Irma rages through Florida, it’s only natural we want to give you some good news, for once. 

A few weeks ago, Hurricane Harvey (RIP) sent destruction throughout vast swathes of Texas. People lost their homes, their lives and their fortunes. Of all the stories that came through to us, one hit our hearts the hardest: the little pets who found themselves stranded as there was no room for them in shelters.

In order to help the little creatures, Southwest Airlines, along with Texas-based Operation Pets Alive! and the Helen Woodward Animal Center of California, stepped in to evacuate more than 60 animals.

A Southwest flight from Houston, Texas transported the doggies all the way to the Helen Woodward Animal Center in San Diego.

There were plenty of selfie opps…

Everyone made sure that the pups were comfortable at all times…

And that there seatbelts were securely fastened…

They even flew the plane!

Linda Rutherford, Southwest’s chief communications officer said in a statement:

‘The devastation of Hurricane Harvey has impacted a number of our communities along the Gulf. Our hearts are with our Customers, Employees, family and friends who have experienced loss and devastation from the storm.’

‘We’re so happy to partner with the Helen Woodward Animal Center to extend hope to Houston by transporting shelter animals to a new home in San Diego, while making additional space for family pets whose humans are currently displaced. Our Employees care so deeply for our Customers and all those impacted by Hurricane Harvey, including our sweet little four-legged friends,’ she continued.

And yes, the adorable bunch are already up for adoption.