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HILLSBORO, Ore. -- Time was running out for almost 20 dogs in California. The Save-a-Life shelter In Mojave was struggling with permit issues, and the refuge was given six months to remove the dogs before they would have to be euthanized.

But rather than meeting a tragic end, the dogs were rounded up and taken to shelters in Oregon as part of a larger animal rescue effort taking place across the West Coast.

Wings of Rescue hosted its Holiday Airlift Friday, and more than 350 dogs and cats were flown to new adoptive homes by volunteer pilots in Oregon, California, Washington, Montana, Arizona and Idaho.

The goal of the Holiday Airlift was to get dogs and cats out of high-risk situations, which often result in death, and transport them to places where they can be cared for until homes can be found, said Cindy Smith with Wings of Rescue.

In Oregon, several planes flew into the Hillsboro airport between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., carrying around 150 rescued dogs, 19 of which are from the California Save-a-Life Rescue shelter. They were paired up with local shelters that will work to find them new homes.

Panda Paws in Vancouver, West Columbia Gorge Humane Society in Washougal, and Family Dogs New Life Shelter in Southeast Portland have all been networking tirelessly for the last several weeks to find the dogs that will come to their rescues and shelters, Smith said.

Anyone looking to bring a little more joy into their holiday season can pick up a furry companion at one of the shelters.

For more information on the Holiday Airlift visit Wings of Rescue.

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