Animal Airlift Flying Dozens of Dogs, Cats to Fort Lauderdale Where Owners are Waiting


The Humane Society of Broward County is joining forces with Wings of Rescue, The SATO Project, and American Humane to help reunite approximately 50 dogs and cats with their owners who are relocating to the United States from Puerto Rico.

The dogs arrive

Around noon on Saturday, November 10, a Wings of Rescue plane filled with dozens of animals (and more than a little hope) will touch down at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport where a 50-foot American Humane Rescue vehicle will wait to greet them. Then, the animals will then be transferred to the truck and transported 13 miles to our shelter. From there the vehicle will set up in the parking lot to serve as a Mobile Reunification Center so that owners who also recently flew to the U.S. to claim their pets.

Reunifications occur from:

  • 2:30 pm to 8:30 pm Saturday,
  • 8:30 am to 8:30 pm Sunday, and
  • 8:30 am to 6 pm Monday.
“Coming on top of the devastation of their homes and communities, the separation of these animals from their families has been very difficult for the Puerto Rican victims of Hurricane Maria. We are honored to work and make a difference with these other wonderful groups in order to bring these animals to safety and back into the arms of their loving families.” Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane.

About American Humane

American Humane is the country’s first national humane organization and was first to serve in the rescue of animals for more than 100 years. To learn more, please visit

About Wings of Rescue

Wings of Rescue is a 501c(3) charity that has flown to date more than 29,000 dogs and cats from high intake and/or high-kill shelters to no-kill shelters and ultimately new homes. Each Wings of Rescue flight costs thousands of dollars, and it costs on average $100 per pet to take them to safety. The charity relies entirely on donations to fly its life-saving missions.

To donate, please visit:

About The SATO Project

The Sato Project is dedicated to rescuing abused and abandoned dogs from Puerto Rico. The Sato Project primarily works in the municipality of Yabucoa, on the southeastern coast of the island, which is rated the poorest of all 78 Puerto Rican municipalities. Dogs are examined, treated, spayed and neutered, and vaccinated by veterinarians.

When a dog is ready to travel they receive a final checkup and ”physical” from their vets, and travel and health certificates are issued. The dogs are booked onto a flight to either JFK or Newark. Volunteers in Puerto Rico get the dogs ready and take them to the San Juan airport. For more information or to help, please visit

About the Humane Society of Broward County

The Humane Society of Broward County provides shelter, aid and responsible adoptions to animals entrusted to our care, and educates the community about respect and kindness to all animals. The group is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization and relies on the generosity of our community and companies to fund our operations and programs budget.

We do not get funding from the government, United Way or any other national or local organizations with similar names. Every dollar is carefully spent to help the unwanted animals. To learn more or to support their work, please visit

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