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American Airlines Cargo transports rescue dogs to new homes for the holidays

December 16, 2016

61 pups traveled on American over a two-day period

From Texas to the East Coast, dozens of dogs in need will be finding new homes this holiday season thanks to Society for Companion Animals, a Dallas-based non-profit, and the American Airlines Cargo team.  

Society for Companion Animals transported a record-breaking 61 dogs in two days, each rescued from streets and shelters. The dogs flew to their forever homes via 19 American Airlines flights. Each pet, wearing a sweater of its own, traveled from DFW to New York (LGA), Philadelphia (PHL) and New Jersey (EWR).  

“Our team puts in a lot of effort to ensure these animals receive the same level of attention and care a human passenger would,” said Chuck O’Connell, manager – Cargo Services, DFW. “And it’s all worth it knowing each will make it safely to a new home for the holidays.”

The dogs were transported to their flights from the American Airlines Cargo Priority Parcel Service (PPS) Center at DFW.

“The customer service and care that American Airlines Cargo has for our rescue dogs is heartwarming,” said Tawana Couch, president of Society for Companion Animals. “Every dog is treated exceedingly well and looked after during the process of traveling to his or her forever home. These rescue dogs really feel loved by the American Airlines Cargo workers who oversee their flights.”

About American Airlines Cargo

American Airlines Group is the holding company for American Airlines. American provides one of the largest cargo networks in the world with cargo terminals and interline connections across the globe.

Every day, American transports cargo between major cities in the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Latin America and Asia. Together with wholly owned and third-party regional carriers operating as American Eagle, the airlines operate an average of approximately 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in over 50 countries from its hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington DC.

This year, American Airlines Group Inc. topped Fortune Magazine's list of best business turnarounds and its stock joined the S&P 500 index. Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir and at


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