Wiggles And Wags Erupt When Evacuees Reunite With Beloved Pets

When Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, residents were forced to flee for their lives with whatever they could toss in a suitcase.   Many had no choice but to leave their pets behind with one of the remaining organizations still in the area.  Transportation was extremely haphazard and costly; some pets simply could not be accommodated on commercial airlines.  Said one evacuee,

“because of her pit bull breed, commercial airlines don’t do it.”

But this week, after two months of worry and anxiety, thanks to the hard work of multiple organizations coming together as one, families now residing in South Florida were reunited with their furry friends.

To make this impossible mission possible,  Wings Of Rescue, the Humane Society of Broward County,  American Humane and The Sato Project joined forces, transporting 28 pets to their overjoyed owners.


Reunited, and it feels so good! Courtesy, Wings of Rescue

In fact, their first effort was so successful  that a second trip was completed just a few days later, bringing together 14 more families.

While hugging her beloved pets, one woman said, “It’s like Christmas and Happy Birthday!”


Courtesy, American Humane

Additional flights to reunite fur families in other parts of the country are planned.  The Sato Project is also working every day to rehome pets who lost their families in the Category 5 storm.  You can see their current adoptables on this link!

If you can help in any way or would like more information, check out the Sato Project here, or Wings of Rescue, here!

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Lisa Blanck

Writing articles about animals for more than 22 years, she dove into the rescue world with the onset of Hurricane Katrina. As an outspoken advocate for animals, she's covered everything from paws to hooves, fins to feathers. She was the Orlando Animal Rescue and Worldwide Animal Issues Examiner for seven years. She's always thinking pawsitive, looking for ways to improve the lives of animals. She lives with one dog, one cat and one patient human. She welcomes your suggestions and is thrilled to be part of the ShelterMe.tv family!

1 comment

  1. Lajeanne Leveton says:

    Really really happy they’re reunited….what a shame to read of breed prejudice in an AIRLINE!

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