On Wednesday, October 18, nearly 100 dogs, cats, puppies and kittens boarded a plane and made the journey from Puerto Rico to Fort Lauderdale. Save-A-Sato, a rescue group on the island, was devastated from Hurricane Maria and is still trying to recover. Prior to the hurricane, dedicated volunteers took these animals into their homes to be safe from the catastrophic winds and rain.

While the volunteers and staff with Save-A-Sato and other shelters and rescues try and rebuild, aid is coming to the animals by flying them off the island to find homes in South Florida and beyond.

The Humane Society of the United States, a national organization not affiliated with local humane societies, has been making daily flights with nearly 5,000 pounds of humanitarian aid items for the people and pets of Puerto Rico since late September. On the return flights, animals from shelters and rescues have been primarily flown to St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in New Jersey, and then the animals are distributed amongst a network of shelters in the Northeast to be placed up for adoption. On Wednesday a plane landed in Florida.

For the Humane Society of Broward County, this is the second largest transfer of animals received from Puerto Rico because of the hurricane. Less than two weeks ago, 94 animals arrived and all but five are still waiting to be adopted.

This latest arrival of Puerto Rican pets will be placed up for adoption in the coming days.

HSBC stands ready to provide additional aid to Puerto Rico and other storm-ravaged areas and you can help as well. These life-saving efforts are only made possible by generous donations from people like you.

You can make a general donation on our website or you can help provide basic supplies like toys, treats and cleaning materials through our Amazon Wishlist.

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