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Pets And Owners Evacuated Together On Canadian Airlines


Airline changes pets on planes policy for travellers fleeing blazes...

The massive wildfires which engulfed the Canadian city of Fort McMurray this week has forced over 80,000 residents to evacuate their homes, and in some sad instances, their pets too.

But small northern airline, Canadian North have stepped to allow evacuated pets to join their owners across their many flights out of the blaze affected area.

Animals are usually permitted to travel only if they are stowed in the cargo hold of the plane - but the Canadian airline changed that ruling and have begun running evacuation flights allowing evacuees to travel with their beloved pets in the cabin with them.

A Canadian North spokesperson told The Huffington Post 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 accommodate these animals.”

Many of the travellers posted images of themselves onboard with their furry friends across social media - prompting more airlines to follow suit and allow pets to travel first class!

Pic: @CanadianNorth

Hip Surgery for rescued puppy

2 weeks ago whilst we were in Fiji we rescued an abandoned puppy that we estimate is about 3 months old. She was starving, filthy, covered in ticks and could barely stand or walk. We fed her, washed her, removed all ticks and just gave her love. We called her Pretzel as she was so skinny when we found her that all her bones were sticking out and her hip bones looked like a big twisted pretzel and her long skinny legs looked like Pretzel sticks. Our intention was to find her a home in Fiji but after a week or so she had gained weight, but we noticed that her left hip bone was still protruding and that when she walked we noticed that her left back foot turned out slightly. Also, when she ran she would use both back legs together and hop like a bunny. We took her to an animal shelter in Fiji called Animals Fiji and they examined her and advised that they thought it might be dislocated. They X-rayed her and then sedated her to try and manipulate the bone back into the socket. This was unsuccessful. The vet advised that it appeared that the end of the bone where the ball should be round was malformed either from a trauma/injury when young or by birth. He advised that he does not have the equipment in Fiji to treat her properly and that she would need surgery to correct the bone and to tighten the ligaments to her support her leg. We are exporting her to Australia on the 7th of March and are trying to raise some funds to assist us. We are hoping that you can assistance to find a Vet in Melbourne that could assist with the operation at a reasonable price.