13 Dogs, 3 Cats and a Parakeet Are Now Back in the Arms of Their Owners Post-Hurricane

Displaced pets from Puerto Rico arrived in Florida to be reunited with their owners last weekend.

It’s already been four months since Hurricane Maria ravaged its way through Puerto Rico, but the island is still experiencing the reeling effects from the storm with approximately 450,000 residents still without power. Not only did thousands of people lose their homes, but they also had to make the heartbreaking decision to leave their pets at shelters when seeking refuge.

On January 20, Lucky Dog Animal Rescue teamed up with Southwest Airlines — who donated an aircraft for the roundtrip flight — to bring supplies to the people (and the pets) of Puerto Rico … and then returned stateside with 62 animals that were surrendered, abandoned, or lost during the Hurricane. 

But, the good news didn’t stop there. Thanks to the JPB Foundation and the Humane Society of Broward County, more displaced family pets from Puerto Rico were brought to Florida this past weekend to be reunited with their owners.

By Sunday morning, thirteen dogs, three cats and a parakeet had already been picked up by their pet parents. With so much of their lives tragically uprooted by Maria, we can only imagine how comforting it must feel to have their fur babies back. Because there’s no denying how much we love our pets. Like we really love them. 

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