In the wake of Hurricane Maria’s devastating toll on Puerto Rico, animal rescuers are doing what they’ll to assist the island’s many canine and cat refugees, in some instances literal litters of puppies and kittens, discover security and finally, perpetually houses.
The first of what is going to seemingly be waves of animal refugees arrived in New Jersey yesterday morning, resting at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center after receiving medical remedy.
“We took in 58 cats and 33 dogs, of all sizes,” Nora Parker informed the Daily Record. Parker is the goodwill ambassador and assistant to the CEO at St. Hubert’s. “As an emergency-placement partner with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), we are assisting with getting these animals from Puerto Rico to the mainland.”
St. Hubert’s will get assist from many volunteers: individuals from different shelters, veterinarians and HSUS employees. They have been working onerous these days, attempting to save lots of animals displaced on account of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
The animals from Puerto Rico have been already in shelters, Parker stated. Many of them had arrived there as refugees, as properly, despatched from different islands following Hurricane Irma. It’s an essential distinction, she notes.
“We need to make sure that the general public understands that these are not pets that folks will likely be searching for,” Parker stated. “Moving them out creates capacity for animals that do belong to people there, until they can get settled and reunited with their families.”
Each animal needs to be assessed earlier than it may be adopted or despatched to a different shelter.
“The flights come in here, the animals come off the plane, and they come here to the staging area, where they get triage,” Parker stated. “They get examined by a veterinarian. If they need any additional vaccines, they get them and then are issued a health certificate.”
“We do a head-to-toe exam,” stated volunteer vet Dr. Jaime Elia of the Animal Hospital of Roxbury. “They’re all in pretty good shape, considering where they came from.”
The animals are being distributed out to numerous shelters together with Brandywine Valley SPCA in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and the Dakin Animal Shelter in Springfield, Massachusetts. Volunteers from each shelters have been serving to out at St. Hubert’s.
Once the animals from the primary flight are faraway from St. Hubert’s, extra volunteers with clear and decontaminate the services there in time for the following rescue flight from Puerto Rico, which was scheduled for Saturday night time.
More rescue flights are anticipated to reach subsequent week.
The Wings of Rescue transport aircraft is doing double-duty. Each time the aircraft is emptied of pets, it will get loaded up with donations for the individuals of Puerto Rico: diapers, female merchandise and different necessities gravely wanted by the island’s residents. Once there, it fills up with pets and does the journey over again.
“People have overwhelmed us with their kindness,” Parker stated of the donations, which have been nonetheless coming in as of yesterday.