At the request of the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International, all national organizations not affiliated with local shelters, the Humane Society of Broward County received 44 homeless dogs and cats displaced by Hurricane Maria in St. Croix and Tortola. These were animals either at the shelters before the storm or pets that were surrendered by their owners after the storm because they left the islands and could not take their pets with them.
The national organizations collaborated with Wings of Rescue to help transport the animals displaced by the catastrophic storm with animal shelters throughout Florida where they will be made available for adoption. Other organizations receiving animals were Humane Society of Vero Beach, and Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue (Bradenton).
“Our community has been extremely supportive and has been coming to adopt the animals displaced from the recent hurricanes. This past weekend alone, 105 dogs, cats, puppies and kittens were adopted, and we’re confident the new arrivals from St. Croix and Tortola will also find homes quickly” said Mary Steffen, Sr. VP of Operations.
“The ASPCA’s disaster response team in St. Croix is working tirelessly to care for displaced animals at our emergency shelter, and we’re grateful for our response partners, including the Humane Society of Broward County, whose support is critical to our operation,” said Jessica Rushin, partnerships senior manager for ASPCA Field Investigations & Response. “From hurricanes to wildfires, the ASPCA has deployed more than 200 responders to assist communities impacted by disasters throughout the U.S. and the Virgin Islands, and our collaborative efforts with the HSBC allow us to find safe and loving homes for unowned animals impacted by Hurricana Maria.”
The animals arrived at W Aviation and were then transported to the Humane Society of Broward County where they are currently being given the opportunity to rest, wellness check-ups and placed up for adoption in the coming days.
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