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.
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!”
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!
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