SPCA of Wake County Partners with HSUS to Take in Homeless Pets from Puerto Rico

Pet evacuation from disaster. Source: Humane Society of the US
Pet evacuation from disaster. Source: Humane Society of the US

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the SPCA of Wake County are partnering to bring more than 100 homeless pets from Puerto Rico to safety in North Carolina. The SPCA of Wake County will be able to take approximately 40 dogs from this transport, arriving October 5, 2017, around 6:00, at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport in Morrisville NC.

Other groups receiving animals will be the Humane Society of Charlotte, Pawfect Match Rescue, Saving Grace, and Safe Haven for Cats.

Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico and families are left homeless and separated from their pets.  In an effort to help reunite families with their pets, the HSUS is transporting animals who were already up for adoption before the storm hit, out of Puerto Rico to shelters in the mainland United States. This work is making room for Hurricane Maria’s canine and feline victims in an effort to reunite them with their families. “Our number-one priority is keeping pets with their owners and returning them,” explains Kim Alboum with the HSUS.

“These families are hurting and in need,” added President and CEO of the SPCA of Wake County Kim Janzen. “By opening our doors here at the SPCA, we can take some of the strain off the already-stretched-thin resources in Puerto Rico.”

The HSUS has secured health certificates for the animals showing that a veterinarian has evaluated each animal and cleared them for travel.

The trip is generously funded by Humane Society of the United States and the plane transporting the dogs will be flown by Wings of Rescue.

Find out more about these groups on their websites:

SPCA of Wake County plans to share arrival photos via their Facebook page.


Source: Tara Lynn, SPCA of Wake County

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