Dozens of animals stranded in Houston shelters following Hurricane Harvey are now awaiting new homes in San Diego after Southwest Airlines stepped in, flying an entire plane full of displaced animals and volunteers to their new city. 
Southwest Airlines announced that it had teamed up with Helen Woodward Animal Center in San Diego to assist Houston’s Operation Pets Alive! (OPA) shelter in moving more than 60 cats and dogs.
The animals were in Houston shelters when Harvey hit the city last month, and then temporarily housed at OPA. However, the shelter needed to move the animals in order to make space for pets whose humans are currently displaced from their homes.
“These are the silent victims,” Mike Arms, President of Helen Woodward Animal Center, said. “Operation Pets Alive! has taken in an overwhelming number of orphan dogs and cats who had inhabited [Houston] shelters before the storm and were suddenly facing euthanasia simply …