Heiress Donates Plane to Fly Marine’s Dogs

Sometimes there is nothing more shocking and moving than the kindness of strangers. U.S. Staff Sgt. Andrew Morales and his wife Katie know this firsthand. Three years ago while serving in Afghanistan Morales adopted two Anatolian Shepherds and quickly bonded with the litter mates, describing the dogs as his “best friends” and relying on them while deployed.

Upon returning home to San Diego at the end of his deployment Morales found he was to be reassigned to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Of course the family planned on bringing the dogs with them as they relocated, but it proved to be a much more complicated move. Morales called several airlines and none would accommodate the dogs, stating they were too big for commercial flights.

Morales was running out of time and options when the same rescue league who helped Morales adopt the pups took the story to Facebook to elicit help for the family. Luckily the post was shared with Helen Rosburg, heiress to the Wrigley chewing gum fortune. An avid animal lover and philantrophist Helen didnt hesitate to help.

“He was going to lose his dogs and I said, ‘Not on my watch,’” Rosburg told ABC Affiliate WWAY. “He’s a hero on so many different levels. The Wrigley’s are an extremely patriotic family, and I am a true Wrigley child.”

Rosburg donated the use of her private jet to transport the dogs to their new home and the Morales family couldn’t have been more grateful! “From the bottom of me and my wife’s hearts we appreciate what she did for us,” Andrew said.