Updated story By The Canadian Press
HALIFAX — Dozens of puppies scheduled to fly with FedEx from Newfoundland and Labrador to Nova Scotia arrived safe and sound in Halifax this morning.
The 60 puppies were rescued by the SPCA in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
A release says many of the province’s puppies were left homeless after a series of forest fires in the area.
Earlier this month SPCA spokesperson Bonnie Learning said the shelter usually ships the puppies to Halifax using Provincial Airlines but can’t because the cargo hold is too hot in the summer.
FedEx heard the SPCA’s Twitter appeal and organized a special, one-time charter flight free of cost.
Original Telegram story
The Happy Valley-Goose Bay SPCA in Labrador had no idea how to get a group of about 60 puppies to Halifax to be adopted.
The shelter is often overburdened with abandoned animals, and every year they send a batch to the shelter Litters 'N Critters in Halifax because they have a better chance of finding a home there.
Usually the puppies travel with Air Canada, but the busy tourist season leaves little space for man's best friend.
And the recent spell of hot weather is too much for the young pups, who stay in the non air-conditioned cargo section of the plane.
Lucky for the pups, FedEx volunteered to transport the them.
The shipping company has offered to fly the puppies on an ATR 72 plane free of charge.
They were flown out Saturday morning and were expected to touch down in their new homeland by early afternoon.