Every year, dozens of animals don't make it out alive of shelters simply because the shelters run out of space and the pets aren't adopted.

A group of rescue organizations is working to change that.

Eighty dogs and cats from Maricopa County Animal Care and Control were loaded up onto a plane headed for California, then to the Pacific Northwest.

There, organizations will help them find fur-ever homes.

"These dogs land in Oregon and Washington and Idaho and within days and weeks, they're adopted," said MCACC's Melissa Gable, "whereas here they might stay a while at our shelter. So it really does help us, especially during the summer months when we're trying to make space and we're so crowded."

The pups' better shot at finding a home are thanks to nonprofits GreaterGood.org, Freekibble.com and Wings of Rescue

Among the pets taking to the skies was Rosko, a pit bull who was reunited with his family after they had to surrender him when they moved to Oregon several months ago.

A release from organizers said Wings of Rescue has flown more than 28,000 dogs and cats from high-intake shelters to no-kill shelters and new homes.