We are proud to announce that we are included amongst the shelter partners that the Humane Society of the United States has chosen to be part of a new initiative called “Operation Breathing Room.” The operation began this past Saturday, April 8 when approximately 200 animals were transferred from overwhelmed shelters in Puerto Rico.

The initiative started because there are not enough homes for all the animals in Puerto Rico, where there are about 300,000 stray dogs on the island. There are a limited number of shelters on the island, and they are forced to euthanize the animals at a high rate.

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Approximately 160 dogs from overburdened animal shelters in Puerto Rico and 45 cats from a sanctuary that is closing its cat program arrived in Ft. Lauderdale on Saturday and were transported to several animal welfare organizations along the East Coast of the U.S. Ground transport to the 11 receiving animal shelters began immediately upon the animals’ arrival at the airport. This includes 4 shelters in Florida and 7 shelters throughout the Northeast United States.

The Humane Society of the United States and its partners initiated “Operation Breathing Room” to provide desperately needed space in the shelters in Puerto Rico and raise public awareness about the ongoing work needed to help animals on the island. This mission grew out of the Sister Shelter Project, generously supported by Maddie’s Fund®. Other organizations who made this possible are: The HSUS, Humane Society of Broward County, Wings of Rescue, Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team and GreaterGood.org. Florida shelters receiving animals are: Humane Society of Broward County, Humane Society of Tampa Bay, Humane Society of Sarasota County and Humane Society Vero Beach.

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