HOUSTON — Amid the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area, one story has surfaced that is giving residents – and their furry pals – a renewed sense of hope.
According to Dallas News, a Southwest Airlines jet used its final flight before retirement to transport a cabin full of dogs and cats to safety earlier this week. A total of 64 dogs and cats were successfully evacuated from the Houston area, buckled into seats and stowed in the foot space in the aircraft’s main cabin.
The flight was done in conjunction with the California-based Helen Woodward Animal Center, whose volunteers were also onboard to assist the frightened animals. Upon arrival in San Diego, the Center will provide medical treatment for the dogs and cats before placing them up for adoption.
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Even more heartwarming, Southwest donated the flight, with employees volunteering their time out of the goodness of their hearts. The two organizations had previously joined efforts in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy in 2012.
The orphaned animals had been living in shelters in the Houston area after being displaced by Hurricane Harvey. Now, thanks to the kindness of Southwest and the Helen Woodward Animal Center, they have a chance at a new life with new families in sunny San Diego.
What a great story to end the week!