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Four-legged Katrina refugees land safely in Seattle

Associated Press

SEATTLE – The most recent hurricane refugees to arrive by plane didn’t have much to say.

Little was heard but a few meows from the five cats and a bit of whining from 20 dogs that arrived Tuesday on a private jet from New Orleans to King County International Airport, also known as Boeing Field.

Barrier Motors of Bellevue provided the plane and the flight was co-sponsored by Pasado’s Safe Haven of Sultan, an animal welfare group that sent volunteers who reported rescuing more than 700 pets after Hurricane Katrina. All animals on the flight had gone unclaimed and will be offered for adoption if they remain unclaimed after Oct. 15, Pasado officials said.

The head of the car dealership, Jimmy Barrier, said his wife Patty got him to abandon his no-dog rule on the company plane after he initially said they should just send money to aid animals that were stranded or abandoned in the wake of Katrina.

“I said, ‘What’s wrong with you? We have to get those animals out of there,’ ” Patty Barrier said.

From the airport, the animals were taken first to Redmond Animal Hospital for examination, then to Cascade Kennels in Woodinville for grooming before being sent to foster homes. All of the animals that arrived Tuesday have been placed, but more will be coming, said Susan Michaels, Pasado co-founder.

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