Over 12 million people have viewed Cassidy Bergeron’s TikTok Video of an airplane full of puppies. This is the story behind the event.
If you’re among the millions who have seen Cassandra Bergeron’s super-viral TikTok post, featuring a small plane filled to the brim with puppies, you’ll understand why the story is worth sharing.
Bergeron tells Daily Paws that the 27 dogs enjoyed their 90-minute flight from Alabama to Orlando, Fla., which likely saved them from euthanasia.
As soon as the plane touched down, the dogs were whisked off to several different shelters and rescues – even though Bergeron was certainly not in a hurry.
“I was in pure bliss.” she exclaimed, “I didn’t want to land, I couldn’t stop smiling the entire time.” While Bergeron posted the TikTok recently, the rescue flight actually took place in July.
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When her friend asked if she wanted to volunteer on the rescue flight, the dog-loving Bergeron jumped at the opportunity.
Michael Young, a pilot, and professor at the University of Central Florida spearheaded the Alabama Puppy Rescue Flights.
The plane took off from Orlando and landed at Enterprise, Ala. Soon, the puppies arrived on planes from other cities in Alabama: Gadsden, Monroe, Butler, and Luverne. Animal Rescue Relay coordinated the pickup.
Bergeron says they spent about an hour on the ground. They checked each dog’s record and cleaned them up.
Following that, they fed them a little honey to quell any nausea—”they loved that,” she says—and let them play a bit so they were nice and tired for the return flight. They were extremely cute and elated to see people, Bergeron recalled.
Then it was time for takeoff. Four humans boarded the plane first, and then they made room for as many dogs as possible.
In the end, they were able to fit 27 furry friends into the aircraft.
In the front passenger seat, Bergeron was assigned to the tiniest (and chubbiest) pups, while her friends in the back were flooded by about 20 dogs.
Almost nothing was taken with the humans on the flight in order to fit as many dogs as possible. After pre-flight playtime, the dogs were calm during the short flight.
It was Bergeron and her friends’ job to ensure they did not bother the pilot, which they did not do.
Only one downside to an airplane full of puppies, Bergeron says, was a few accidents. She and her friends got soaked – but that’s OK!
Bergeron’s friend kept the 6-month-old larger dog firmly in the back of the plane, as you can see in the TikTok viewed more than 12 million times. She found out that the pup is now training to be a police dog.
About 15 others waited on the ground in Orlando when they landed.
They loaded up the pups and transported them to Florida rescues where they would soon be available for adoption.
Those July dogs have almost all been adopted by now, but these rescues still have available dogs.
In recent years, some shelters in the southern states faced overcrowding (including very recently), with several cases of dogs facing euthanasia.
Thus, Alabama Puppy Rescue Flights, which seems to rescue puppies every week, has saved a lot of dogs.
Young has rescued around 7,000 dogs.
Bergeron didn’t imagine her video catching so much attention, but the responses have mostly been kind and sincere.
Even people from other countries who rescue dogs have asked how they can help. Following her July flight, Bergeron went on a few more rescue missions. She now lives in Atlanta. Otherwise, she would have done many more trips.
“There’s no better place than the seat on that plane,” Bergeron remarked.
How would you feel being in an airplane full of puppies?
Thank you to our friends at Daily Paws for the video and incredible story.
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