With catastrophic fires raging through Canada, more than 80,000 residents have fled their homes in the city of Fort McMurray.
Two airlines, Canadian North and West Jet, were there to help the residents evacuate, and we do mean all the residents.
The airlines waved their ordinarily strict rules regarding pet travel, and allowed the passengers to bring their pets on board in the main cabin, without a carrier.
A spokesperson for Canadian North told HuffPost Canada, “It’s definitely unusual to carry pets in the cabin, but due to the unusual circumstances we were able to bend the rules to accomodate these animals."
According to @jencme35 on Twitter, there were 130 passengers, 5 cats, 19 dogs and 2 turtles on just one of the flights, while @cascourcelles had bunnies and a tree frog along with the rest of the four-legged friends! Dogs seemed to rule the airborne animal kingdom, with many adorable pics popping up online.
Any person with dogs will know the excitement that comes with each new adventure to the outdoors, so you can only imagine how our four-legged friends felt about their first flight!
There was excitement for some...
And nerves for others...
But overall, the flights seem to have gone incredibly well! Grateful evacuees took to social media to thank their airlines.
"Your pets are family and in a time when everything is taken away from you and starting over seems impossible, companies like this step up and offer flights like this." Wrote Kaylee Mayerchak on Instagram, "I couldn't imagine having to leave without my dogs..."
Check out some of the adorable photos below:
THESE GUYS ARE TOO CUTE! Serious kudos to the airlines for pitching in to help, nice to see companies helping out in times of need!
Our hearts go out to everyone who has been impacted by the fires, and we're so happy to see so many of your smiling faces making it out safe!
Anyone in the area still missing or searching for their pets can register them on this website, and check for updates on found animals.
According to the Red Cross the relief effort for Fort McMurray has hit $54 million, while Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said that Ottawa will match individual donations to the Red Cross up to May 31, without a cap. Donations to the relief can be made here.