“There are shelters that have been devastated by Hurricane Harvey, without electricity, without supplies,” Mike Arms, president and CEO of the Helen Woodward Animal Center, said in a statement. “Operation Pets Alive has taken in an overwhelming number of orphan dogs and cats who had inhabited those shelters before the  storm and were suddenly facing euthanasia simply because they had no place to go.”
For Southwest, it was a special sendoff for this particular Boeing 737-300’s final ride. The aircraft, tail number N623SW, will join a wave of Boeing 737 Classics that are being retired to make way for the latest, more fuel-efficient model, the Boeing 737 Max. The Dallas-based carrier started the year with 87 of the Classics remaining in its fleet and plans to have all of them retired by the end of September.