In one of the happier stories emerging from within the coronavirus pandemic, 100 animals have been reunited with their owners in Australia after returning on a special charter flight from Canada.
The 74 dogs and 26 cats arrived in Melbourne on August 2 from Vancouver after being separated from their owners because of COVID-19 restrictions.
The animals travelled onboard Air Canada's privately funded "ark in the sky" and went straight into the Post-Entry Quarantine (PEQ) facility in Mickleham.
The cats and dogs spent 10 days in the quarantine facility before being reunited with their owners.
Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said the operation was the culmination of months of logistical and planning challenges.
"It's a very exciting and emotional time for these owners who will be seeing their pets for the first time in many months, and we can report all the pets are in good health after their flight and quarantine stay," Mr Littleproud said.
All companion animals arriving into the country must quarantine as they may carry several diseases of biosecurity concern such as rabies and canine leishmaniasis, which have the potential to affect humans, he said.