Dog is My CoPilot flies dogs from Louisiana shelter to Hailey

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HAILEY, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - The Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley greeted some new special guests at the airport earlier this week.

Four shelter dogs from Louisiana arrived in Hailey on Wednesday evening as part of the "Dog is My CoPilot" program.

The program flies dogs to shelters with extra space when another shelter is overcrowded.

These dogs were already in Louisiana shelters when the floods hit.

The Louisiana shelters need to make room for animals belonging to flood victims while they are displaced.

These are just a few of the dogs that are jet-setting across the country, looking for new homes.

"I know that the gentleman who did the flight this time and I think their main pilot, he's also an orthopedic surgeon, and he volunteers his plane for the cause," said Nadia Novik, Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley.

The shelter received four new dogs from Louisiana, but they also have around 30 other dogs and 21 cats Almost half of those are kittens and they’re expecting to get a lot more.

When you think of a Louisiana dog I’m not quite sure what you would think of, but I think of a Catahoula Leopard Dog. Those are really popular dogs down south and we did get a lovely Catahoula Leopard Dog. He’s about 100lbs, big beautiful dog. We got a pit bull mix who’s lovely. A great, great dog, and then we got two just all American mutts,” said Novik.

Hailey was just one of the stops on this "Dog is my CoPilot” flight.

Around 40 dogs were delivered to four different animal shelters in Idaho.

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