Homeless dogs, cats fly to Manassas to make room in shelters for animals rescued from Harvey

MANASSAS, Va. - A plane full of approximately 130 dogs and cats arrived at Manassas Regional Airport on Saturday morning.

The Humane Society of the United States say the animals were cleared from a shelter in Southwest Louisiana to make room for dogs and cats rescued in the flooding from Hurricane Harvey.

The goal is to eventually reunite the rescued animals were their families and give the transported dogs and cats a forever home.

"It's a perfect opportunity for you to do something good and get a companion," says Wayne Pascelle, President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States.

Various agencies from the northeast came to the airport to pick up a group of dogs and cats.

One organization, Pittsburgh Ride for Rescue, transported a group of twelve dogs to the Humane Rescue Alliance in Northwest D.C.

"They seem so happy, they're a little stressed because they've been on an airplane and they have no clue what's going on with them but ultimately it's a really good thing and I think they sense that," says Cindy Lee, with Pittsburgh Ride for Rescue.

Humane Rescue Alliance says medical and behavior teams will evaluate all of the arriving animals. and following several days of adjustment time, the animals will be put up for adoption.

"They are adorable, they are friendly, they were licking our hands," says Lee. "They’re just happy animals, they are going to be great pets."