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MONROE, N.C. -- Pilots with big hearts took off in Monroe Saturday morning.

The event is called Pilots N Paws where pilots volunteer to fly shelter animals to new homes around the U.S.

Pilots N Paws is a national nonprofit program that gives animals a second chance one flight at a time.

The program brings together planes, pilots and shelters to rescue and transport dogs, cats and other animals from overcrowded shelters, relocating them to organizations committed to finding them homes.

An estimated 60 privately owned aircrafts took off from Charlotte Monroe Executive Airport Saturday morning, reportedly several hundred animals benefited from the event.

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