On Saturday, January 27, a dozen dogs and cats arrived from Puerto Rico at Fort Lauderdale International Airport and then shuttled to the Humane Society of Broward County. These pets all have owners who have been desperately trying to get their beloved furry friends to the mainland after Hurricane Maria devastated the island. Sadly many families were forced to leave behind companion animals due to lack of transportation options. The eager pet owners came from Naples, Fort Lauderdale, Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Wellington, Apopka and Bradenton to be reunited.

Thanks to the gracious funding from JPB Foundation in New York, and assistance from St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in New Jersey, this was just one of several flights planned thay week to reunite families. The Humane Society of Vero Beach was also scheduled to receive animals whose owners are anxiously awaiting their arrival on Sunday.

This is the fourth time the Humane Society of Broward County has worked with other organizations to help reunite animals from Puerto Rico with their families.