EDMONTON — A private jet with 43 dogs from California puppy mills landed in Edmonton on Friday, and the woman who organized the flight says she was more than happy to help.

Jan Folk said she knows first-hand how many animals need a home and she decided to organize the flight so the pups can be handed over to the Edmonton Humane Society for adoption.

“If there is a chance to rescue them I don’t care where they’re from, I’d rather have them here and adopted or living in a nice environment rather than being euthanized,” said Folk, who volunteers with the humane society.

Shawna Randolph of the humane society says all of the animals will be ready to be adopted very soon.

“It takes about a week to go through the whole process. Medical assessment, behaviour assessment. Each cat or dog has to be spade or neutered before it goes up for adoption,” she said.

The move is part of the society’s goal to save dogs’ lives and put a dent in the puppy and broker industry.

“We want this constant supply of these small breed dogs to be available at the Edmonton Humane Society to try to deter people from answering a lot of the online ads, newspaper ads and in many cases going to pet stores,” said Randolph.