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Airlines bend the rules so pets can fly coach with their owners fleeing wildfires

Dogart_thumb By Ellen | May 09, 2016 | Comments (0)

Most airlines have strict rules when it comes to flying with pets, but in the wake of the devastating Fort McMurray wildfire, two airlines have bent the rules to allow families to fly with their pets in the main cabins along with their owners.

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As many Alberta families were forced to evacuate the city on a moment's notice, they were unable to grab anything from their home, including crates and supplies for their pets.

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The fire is currently burning over almost 400 square miles and 88,000 people have been evacuated from their homes. 

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Canadian North Air and West Jet decided to make it less stressful on everyone and allowed the pets on coach in order to evacuate them from the fire that . One passenger, Cas Courcelles tweeted, "Plane full of evacuated people, dogs, cats, bunnies and one tree front headed from #FortMacFire".
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"It's definitely unusual to carry pets in the cabin, but due to the unusual circumstances we were able to bend the rules to accommodate these animals," a spokesperson from Canadian North told Huffington Post Canada.

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The gesture was not only appreciated by the passengers but also people on social media who thanked the airlines for caring and bringing pets out of the fire.

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Many Canadians are offering their homes to evacuees and their pets until they are able to get back on their feet from the disaster. Other evacuees are finding temporary housing in areas outside the city.


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