75 dogs and 25 cats arrived to South Florida on Wednesday after they couldn’t be kept in Puerto Rico. The Save a Sato shelter in the island was destroyed during Hurricane Maria, forcing the non-profit organization to look for a new home for the animals.
Cherie Wachter, the spokeswoman for the Humane Society of Broward County, said this was the largest number of animals they had ever taken from them at one time.
Save a Sato, founded in 1996, is one of the organizations that help rescue animals in Puerto Rico. But the current situation in the island has made it very difficult for them to continue helping animals. The organization was heavily affected by Hurricane Maria. Pictures from their official Facebook page show that their roof was blown off by the powerful storm.
Its been weeks since Hurricane Maria struck the island but the devastation has left most residents without power and water. Recent reports say three million people are still without power and a million are without running water. The storm left the entire island without power but its now been restored in a few places. Getting everything back to normal could take months so that’s why the shelter decided to send the animals to South Florida.
Wachter says by taking these animals, it will help free up time and place for the people to rebuild their lives. She added that they have to rebuild what they had and hopefully it will be stronger and better.
The dozens of animals arrived to South Florida on Wednesday and a video from Local 10 abc News showed the moment when the flight arrived and when the members of the Humane Society of Broward County began helping take the animals in their cages out of the plane. The flight is reportedly the second to bring animals to South Florida from Puerto Rico.
The Save a Sato shelter is currently without electricity, according to Wachter. Work is being done to restore power but it could take months before it is fully restored.
The animals that arrived to South Florida on Wednesday will be checked by veterinarians and will soon be available for adoption. 75 dogs and 25 cats were flown from the island to South Florida, so if you’re living in the area and are looking for new pet, this is a good chance to find one.