05/07/2016 03:32 EDT | Updated 05/08/2017 05:12 EDT

Fort McMurray's Pets And Owners Evacuated Together On Canadian North Airlines

Four-legged evacuees were flown to safety, right alongside their two-legged humans.


Like most airlines, Canadian North has stringent guidelines when it comes to travelling with pets, but in light of the recent Fort McMurray wildfire, they've made some exceptions.

The massive blaze has forced 80,000 residents to evacuate the city. Sadly in some cases, their pets have been left behind.

But Canadian North is transporting four-legged evacuees to safety right alongside their two-legged owners.

The small northern airline is one of several servicing Fort McMurray to evacuate residents, and they've made accommodations to have several cats and dogs travel in the main cabins, with no need for a carrier or kennel.

Starting Tuesday evening, Canadian North began running evacuation flights -- 71 on Wednesday alone -- and many evacuees turned up with their beloved pets.

"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 Canadian North spokesperson told The Huffington Post Canada in an email.

The deed has not gone unnoticed, and it looks like the pets enjoyed flying like humans.

Guess we can't really complain about the lack of leg room.

Excuse me, I think you might be sitting in my seat.

We smell peanuts.

How could you travel any other way?

Canadian North staff also stepped up to pet sit Meow Meow the cat for a week, after her pregnant owner went into labour.

She fit in with the team just fine.

The airline flies charter trips to the Fort Mac region nearly every day of the year, and told HuffPost Canada they have a "deep connection" with those affected by the massive fire, and understand how devastating leaving their pets behind would be.

The consideration was much appreciated:

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