Southwest Airlines flew a plane full of puppies to help them escape from Hurricane Harvey

60 animals from overcrowded shelters were moved from Houston to San Diego 

Talia Lakritz
Saturday 09 September 2017 10:51 BST
Southwest airlines flew more than 60 animals to safety
Southwest airlines flew more than 60 animals to safety

When a hurricane like Harvey devastates a city, it's not just people that are affected. Pets and rescue animals find themselves stranded as shelters become overcrowded or refuse to allow animals in.

Southwest Airlines stepped in to rescue more than 60 animals from overcrowded shelters in an effort they called "Operation Pets Alive!"

Southwest Airlines rescued 60 abandoned animals from Hurricane Harvey, Houston

A Southwest flight transported the furry passengers from Houston to San Diego, where they'll find new homes through the Helen Woodward Animal Center.

"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," said Linda Rutherford, Southwest Airlines Chief Communications Officer in a statement.

The rescued animals were transferred to the Helen Woodward Animal Centre in San Diego

"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."

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