Ninety-one dogs from the West Coast were welcomed to Michigan shelters on Valentine's Day.

The Detroit Free Press reports that after a six-hour flight from Fresno, California,  an airplane full of pups arrived at Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti on Thursday, February 14.

Volunteers were there to welcome the dogs to the Mitten State and help transport them to local animal rescues.

Photo Credit: M-1 Studios
Photo: M-1 Studios

The nonprofit group Wings of Rescue performed the flight, with additional funding from

Ric Browde, president of Wings of Rescue, told the Detroit Free Press,

"These dogs, if they didn't go to Michigan, a lot of them would be dead by this weekend."

Browde explained there is a small dog overpopulation problem in California shelters, and a demand for small dogs in the Detroit area; Many of the dogs are Chihuahuas or Chihuahua mixes.

Four Michigan rescues took in the dogs:

The dogs could be ready for adoption as soon as next week.

Anyone who is interested in adopting should contact the above shelters.

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