Some 1,000 dogs and cats from California animal shelters will be getting a free ride to other states, including Illinois and Wisconsin, where they have a better chance of finding homes. Here's more on their special trip.

 

The animals left Los Angeles aboard 22 airplanes Friday. They're heading to Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Illinois and Wisconsin in an airlift organized by the Wings of Rescue group.

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According to Wisconsin News 3-TV, "Wings of Rescue pilots donate their time and planes for the Holiday Airlift, which takes animals from crowded shelters to no-kill facilities elsewhere. The group has relocated more than 16,500 pets in five years".

The average cost to fly a pet is $100 and that covers health checks, spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchips, flea treatments and more. All donated by the Wings of Rescue Charity.

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Best bet to find these furry friends is to check local animal shelters in your area and to call ahead for inventory changes at all shelters the next few days.

Here's your chance to find a forever home for a furry friend this holiday season.