It was a race against time for the Humane Educational Society Sunday afternoon. And at a Lafayette air field, two planes landed in the nick of time.

The rescue mission saved the lives of five dogs set to be euthanized in Louisiana.

HES volunteer Alexia Johannes says the transport mission was uncertain until the moment the planes took off.

"It's sort of domino effect,” she said. “If this is going right then it works quickly, but as soon as one thing falls off you're starting over again."

HES flew in four puppies from a high kill shelter it works with in Louisiana. They also rescued an adult dog who was being used in laboratory practice at a university.

Now, they're all off with Chattanooga foster families like Chris Logsdon's.

“Knowing that you're going to help them find a safer place to live and be fed and certainly get the love and attention that they didn't have necessarily prior to that,” he said “is a huge reward for those who do foster."

HES doesn't mean for the dogs’ to stay in Chattanooga to be long. Soon, they're taking off again for the next leg of their journey.

"It's just temporary fosters and the move them north,” Johannes said.

Johannes says that part of the trip will run much more smoothly now that they've made it here.

"They're on a schedule. Every two weeks the "Rescue Wagon" shows up,” she said. “We fill them up and send them north. So it will be much smoother sailing after this."

Johannes says the big picture is encouraging people to spay and neuter their pets. To volunteer or become a foster with HES, get in touch with the organization at 423-624-5302.