Some precious canine cargo touched down in Manassas, Virginia, Saturday morning.
A number of homeless dogs were removed from a shelter in southwest Louisiana to make room for canine and feline victims of Hurricane Harvey until they can be reunited with their evacuated families, according to The Humane Society.
"There's a limited capacity that these shelters have in the best of times and we're moving animals out so we can create open spaces and open kennels so that animals in crisis, people in crisis can bring the animals to these shelters," said Wayne Pacelle, CEO of The Humane Society of the United States.
The dogs that arrived in Virginia will be placed in new shelters, examined by veterinarians and then evaluated for adoption.
Pacelle said the dogs will be taken to animal rescue organizations across Virginia, Washington, D.C., Maryland and Pennsylvania.
Pacelle added that the government's response to helping pets affected by this natural disaster has been overwhelmingly positive.
"The government has responded much better to the animal situation in this crisis than it did say 12 years ago with Katrina where the animal groups, like The Humane Society of the United States, were the only safety net for the animals," Pacelle said.