Canadian Airlines Letting Pets Fly Free

Leaving pets behind is not an option for Canadians fleeing wildfires. Two airlines are bending their own rules to help.

Fort McMurray, a town in western Canada, has been devastated by a still-intense wildfire. Over 1000 homes were burned, and the residents had almost no warning that they needed to evacuate.

Pets are being airlifted to safety.

Many residents grabbed their dogs, cats, fish and birds and headed for the nearest operating airport, planning to stay with relatives in some other area. Under normal conditions, these animals would not be allowed to fly free…or even at all.

In response, at least two Canadian airlines are waiving their normal pet-transportation fees and letting pets fly free with their owners.

These good-Samaritan airlines are Canadian North and West Jet.