Blues player flies into the Tri-States to rescue neglected dogs

David Backes, St. Louis Blues captain, his wife and a friend rescue three dogs from the West Hancock Canine Rescue

People try to save animals from shelters everyday. Today was no different except a hockey player and airplane were involved.

Three dogs got a second chance for happiness Thursday. The pups took a flight to St. Louis thanks to The David & Kelly Backes Foundation.

You may have heard of David Backes. He is a

center for the St. Louis Blues

and has two passions off the ice ... aviation and helping neglected animals find homes.

Backes and his wife Kelly and a friend flew into the Keokuk Municipal Airport to help the

West Hancock Canine Rescue

find new homes for three dogs. One of them was Meaty the Rottweiler, who cozied up to Kelly in the back of the plane in anticipation of the flight.

The West Hancock Canine Rescue woks with no-kill rescues like The David & Kelly Backes Foundation to transport dogs to safe shelters and foster locations.

Back in St. Louis, the foundation and their partner the

Five Acres Animal Shelter

(formerly the St. Charles Humane Society) will help find the dogs loving forever homes.

Kelly also supports the Five Acres Animal Shelter, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization in St. Charles County, with her own program called Kelly's Kats.