With wildfires continuing to devastate the Fort McMurray, Alberta region, countless residents have been forced to flee their homes. Many have flown to other parts of the country to stay with friends and relatives. It's a distressing process to be sure, and even more so for pet owners.

Fortunately, a couple of airlines have stepped in to make the trip a bit easier. WestJet and Canadian North are bending their own rules by allowing pets to fly in the main cabin.

Typically, any animal travelling by air would be relegated to a crate in the plane's cargo hold. But both airlines realize the importance of evacuees and their furry companions being together during such a trying time.

"It's definitely unusual to carry pets in the cabin, but due to the unusual circumstances we were able to bend the rules to accommodate these animals," a Canadian North representative explained to Huffington Post Canada.

Several photos have already begun to go viral. And as you can see below, it's nice to come across some heartwarming images of those affected by this tragic event.

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