The past two weeks have seen Puerto Rico struggling from multiple earthquakes, leaving large portions of the island either flooded or lacking electricity. As a consequence of these natural disasters, Puerto Rico’s shelters have hit peak saturation. Unfortunately, even some of the commonwealth’s animal shelters have suffered from the earthquakes and have been forced to perform euthanasia on perfectly healthy pets if only to ensure that supplies and boarding space remain feasible and optimally used.
In order to assist the beleaguered Puerto Rico’s pet population and also its pet owners, three charitable organizations have joined forces. “Wings of Rescue,” GreaterGood.org and “The Sato Project” have pooled their resources together in order to airlift over 100 animals from a disaster-ridden Puerto Rico in order to have them cared for in shelters based in the United States of America. Shelters in Delaware, Florida and New Jersey have all stepped up to answer this call as they are more than equipped with the tools and space to adopt many of these pets, freeing up Puerto Rican shelters to care for more animals at home.
The flight, piloted by Wings of Rescue, occurred on January 19. The vessel arrives with many long-needed disaster aid for Puerto Rico’s citizens. Once the plane had unloaded its cargo of disaster supplies, people helped load adoptable dogs and cats to take the place of the supplies. After a safe and uneventful trip through the air, the animals made it to New Jersey. Now safe in the United States, volunteers unpacked the animals and distributed, with guidance from the Sato Project and other shelter partners, in order to get the animals into the adoption system as soon as possible.
Each and every one of the cats and dogs that made it through the aerial trip was fully vetted and had a health certificate. Because all of the necessary paperwork and red tape was lined up and verified, the shelters should have little trouble finding homes for all of the animals.
Wings of Rescue is a donation-dependent charity that is dedicated toward flying pets that may be in danger, or are otherwise at-risk, out of those dangerous conditions and into a safe place. The Sato Project is a Puerto Rican charity that was specifically created in order to help the abused and abandoned canines in its homeland. GreaterGood.org is a charity that aspires to help people, pets and the planet.