Animals airlifted from hurricanes to the heartland

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COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (WOWT) -- Dozens of cats and dogs landed in Council Bluffs Thursday in a coordinated rescue effort. Animals were flown in from shelters affected by Hurricanes Michael and Florence.

"We're doing everything we can to put a roof over their head." says Jerod Francis with Hearts United for Animals.

That, and a new lease on life.

"It means that these pets don't have to be euthanized," said Erin Robbins with Wings of Rescue.

The 38 dogs and 28 cats are coming from the south. The shelters there needed to make room for pets separated from their owners during recent hurricanes.

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The animals are now on their way to Auburn, Nebraska where Hearts United for Animals has cleared room for them.

"They'll be fully vetted at our shelter. They'll be up to date on all shots, spayed, neutered and then they'll be available for adoption on our website," Francis said.

For Erin Robbins volunteering with Wings of Rescue, it's just another day. She will be on another rescue mission leaving from Mississippi again tomorrow. Last year she says they saved more than 11,000 animals.

Erin said, "All year long we relocate pets from pets from high intake shelters with little adoptions to our rescue partners who have empty shelters, empty kennels and they're usually adopted within three to four days."

Hearts United for Animals operates entirely from donations.

If you would like to help their cause or adopt a pet you can find more information on their website.