Alex Schuttpelz looks at a husky in a crate while unloading another dog from an airplane at McNary Field, in Salem, Oregon, on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018.

Alex Schuttpelz looks at a husky in a crate while unloading another dog from an airplane at McNary Field, in Salem, Oregon, on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018.

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A mother terrier with her litter of five-day-old puppies and a deaf dog named Hazel were among the 108 dogs and 17 cats that arrived in Salem Saturday from high-kill shelters in Oklahoma and will soon be up for adoption.

This was the 16th flight organized by Fetch Fido a Flight, an organization that transports animals from those high-kill shelters to Oregon where they find a reprieve from euthanasia.

Each flight costs about $17,000, paid for by donations. The organization hopes to grow to support one or two flights every month.

“Dogs are being euthanized because we can’t get a plane out,” said Carole Weber, board secretary of Fetch Fido a Flight. “(Oklahoma shelters) are so backed up, it’s brutal.”

Read the whole story at the Statesman Journal.