A group of animal lovers became internet and real-life heroes after posting a video of them aboard a small plane crammed with 27 puppies during a rescue mission to prevent the dogs from being euthanized.
Cassandra Bergeron and her friends had recorded the rescue during their 45-minute flight from the shelter in Enterprise, Alabama, to Orlando on September 29.
The TikTok video, which has since garnered 13.4 million views and 2.9 million likes, captured the puppies happily wagging their tongues and cuddling with their human saviors.
‘I was in pure bliss. I didn’t want to land,’ Bergeron said, according to DailyPaws. ‘I couldn’t stop smiling the entire time.’
Animal lover Cassandra Bergeron posted heartwarming footage of her and her two friends on a flight from Alabama to Florida with 27 rescue puppies onboard
Bergeron has called the moment one of the best days of her life and even helped on a couple other rescue missions
The girls were submerged in puppies who were seen climbing around, wagging their tongues and cuddling with their saviors
University of Central Florida professor and pilot runs the Alabama Puppy Rescue Flights and has reportedly saved over 7,000 puppies so far
She and the other women made the rescue in July after Bergeron was asked by a pilot friend, who is in training, to help get the dogs from the shelter.
Many Southern states have been forced to euthanize animals in shelters because of overcrowding.
The women contacted Michael Young, a University of Central Florida professor and pilot, who has saved more than 7,000 dogs as part of Alabama Puppy Rescue Flights.
Bergeron said that the puppies were excited to see the women after they landed and played with them until it was time to board again.
The women made sure not to pack or bring anything that took up too much space in order to fit all the puppies.
One of Bergeron’s friends was seen surrounded by a group of the puppies as they climbed and cuddled with her
Some of the puppies slept on Bergeron’s lap during the 45-minute flight
Bergeron’s video captured several of the puppies cuddling in her arms while the others were jumping on her friends in the back of the plane.
She captioned the video ‘Guess how many puppies we rescued?’ as her and her friends were delighted to be in the puppy-filled aircraft.
The dogs were handed over to Florida rescue volunteers, who took the tiny creatures to Orlando-area shelters. They have all been adopted, according to Newsweek, since the rescue mission.
About 44,000 users commented on the heartwarming viral video.
‘Are you trying to tell me being on a plane filled with dozens of puppies is an option in life? I’m signing up,’ @kelschecht.art commented.
‘They must be flying…FUR-st class…..ok I’ll see myself out,’ @TxTikTokKt said.
‘Somewhere in the sky there might be a plane full of puppies, such a comforting thought,’ @Maybee also said.
Tik Tok users shared in the girls’ excitement and were delighted that the puppies were saved