Thankfully, at least two airlines, West Jet and Canadian North, have been bending the rules to make travel much easier for everyone. They're allowing displaced pets to fly in main cabins along with their owners.
Thx for all the kudos everyone. Happy to help move 2 & 4 legged pax from #ymm. Our FA Heidi shared this pic on FB :) https://t.co/IBChAWzMba
— Canadian North ✈ (@CanadianNorth)
Animals traveling by air would normally need to be contained and kept in the plane's cargo hold. But with so many passengers unable to return home to grab their crates, it's been crucial for them to have the option to cozy up with their pets in coach.
"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.
Plane full of evacuated people, dogs, cats, bunnies, and one tree frog headed from #FortMacFire #Wildfire #westjet https://t.co/Hk0kNMxJPP
— Cas Courcelles (@cascourcelles)
Proud to be associated with @WestJet who we luv now even more seeing that pets and people are safe #FortMacStrong https://t.co/WYTwVZzrEY
— Big Brothers Big Sis (@bbbspc)
The airlines' decision has been met with some well-deserved praise across social media, where scenes of pets aboard the planes have gone viral.
And it's easy to see why.
While there's been no shortage of heartbreaking photos capturing the destruction from the wildfires, these images stand as proof that, with a little help, the bonds between people and their pets can endure through even the toughest of times.
Thanks you #westjet 130 passengers, 5 cats, and 19 dogs! And 2 turtles! @RejectedAnimals @animalveg @The_Animal_Team https://t.co/Jn7wxqSND3