With the humanitarian crisis ongoing in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, it’s no wonder that the island is full of dogs without homes. In fact, pet over-population was already a major problem on the island; now, conditions for animals are even worse. Let’s just say that if the humans are struggling to find clean water, imagine what it’s like for the dogs.
The good news is that a private chartered plane arrived in New York on Sunday night full of 53 dogs rescued by The Sato Project, a non-profit based in Puerto Rico. As of tomorrow, 28 of the dogs will be up for adoption at the Animal Haven Shelter, a no-kill facility in Chinatown. Another 18 are at Tails of Courage, a shelter based in Danbury, Connecticut.
The 28 dogs at Animal Haven will join at least a dozen already rescued from Puerto Rico — some previously rescued have already rejoined their owners, who also fled the island in the wake of the storm.
The John and Wendy Neu Family Foundation paid for the trip — on the flight down, they also sent humanitarian supplies. Can we get an amen for very wealthy people who use their money for good causes?
(Also, while we’re on the subject of the wealthy doing good, Bethenny Frankel deserves another shout out for sending planes to Puerto Rico.)
Even if you can’t take a dog home, you can donate linens and towels for their crates. And if you have a few extra dollars, you can donate now to Animal Haven Shelter’s Rescue and Relief Fund.
Below are a few images from Instagram of the dogs up for adoption. We want to kiss them all.
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