Wednesday morning, a small plane was packed full of kennels housing 95 cats and dogs, taken from overcrowded kill shelters in New Mexico that would soon be in the arms of loving foster families.
Multiple rescue organizations worked with Dog is my CoPilot to not only fly the animals to Colorado and Utah, but to set each of them up with a foster family.
"It was pretty overwhelming today to see that plane pull up just packed as full as it could be with kennels of dogs and cats," Katy Cline said. Cline is a volunteer with Paws on the Ground Colorado, one of the groups involved in today's rescue flight.
"Just knowing if it weren't for the community coming together and the community caring, these 95 animals that came in today...quite possibly wouldn't be alive," she said.
Dog is my CoPilot is a non-profit that flies abandoned animals to find their forever homes.
"It's a pretty incredible organization," Cline said. "We all have our talents to give and this man is a pilot who gives his time to these animals."
This was the largest flight of rescues that Dog as my CoPilot has done. About half of the animals were dropped off in Colorado, and the rest were taken to Utah. All of the animals will be up for adoption, but in the meantime they have all been set up with foster families.
So why Colorado?
An official from the Denver Dumb Friends League said Colorado is a prime location for rescued animals to come.
"Here in Colorado, we're in a position where we have more adoption opportunities for animals than our community is bringing us," said Megan Rees. "And this is due to a lot of different reasons: animal welfare groups and shelters here in Colorado have very collaborative partnerships, so we work together really well so that benefits the animals and helps them be more successful."
Rees also said Coloradans -- in general -- are responsible pet owners.
"We've really put a focus on humane education and educating the community about some of the issues facing animal welfare and the importance of things like spaying and neutering your pets, microchipping your pets," she added.
Colorado also helps dog owners provide their pets an active lifestyle.
"We do live in a very active community and one where people want to be with their pets," Rees said. "We have a lot of different outdoor opportunities in the community and the environment itself is very supportive of the relationship adopters have with their pets."