As many of you may know, there is currently a devastating forest fire engulfing the city of Fort McMurray, Alberta. The fire has reached a total of 85,000 hectares, and has displaced more than 90,000 residence. Most of them have lost everything, including their beloved pets.
For the lucky ones, who were able to save their furry family members, aircraft transport was made available by WestJet. With 130 people on board, 19 dogs, 5 cats, and 2 turtles, the ride was tightly packed with grateful families.
There were tears, smiles, and of course, photos.
A father hugs his puppy in the photo above, while another comforts his dog during the stressful flight.
Many of the animals had never flown on a plane before, and made themselves comfortable on their parents' laps.
Others took cover under the legs of their moms.
Though these animals were fortunate enough to score a seat on the plane, many remain in the rubble. Nearby shelters are overflowing with pets of all shapes and sizes, and are running out of supplies to care for them all. More than 300 dogs and cats are currently being transported to Calgary, where efforts will be made to reunite them with their families.
If you would like to help donate to relief efforts, you can contact the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society, the Edmonton Humane Society, the Calgary Humane Society, and an extensive list of rescues can be found here. You can also donate to Red Cross here.
A special thanks to everyone who has made an effort to get these families to safety.