Most are well aware of the cost in human life and suffering on the hurricane ravaged island and United States Territory of Puerto Rico. With many people barely able to fend for themselves with no power, running water, and food running scared; and many resorting to evacuating the island and unable to take their dogs and cats with them, large numbers of pets have been either surrendered or left on the streets to fend for themselves.
Thankfully, several rescue stateside rescue organizations are stepping in to help overwhelmed, under-equipped, and undermanned animal shelters in Puerto Rico by having dogs and cats transported to the US mainland for adoption. Charitable organizations like the John and Wendy Neu Family Foundation, The Sato Project, Dumb Friends League, and Good Samaritans are working to give street dogs/cats and orphaned pups/kittens a second chance at a full life with quality. Through the chartering of cargo planes, many pets have arrived at no kill shelters stateside waiting for their forever homes.
53 dogs have recently arrived in New York City and are available to adopt from the Manhattan based no kill shelter Animal Haven. Over 100 animals (90 dogs and 18 cats) are scheduled to arrive in Denver this week and will be disbursed among 7 Colorado animal shelters. Many more are expected to be arriving to the US mainland as resources to transport the animals and provide veterinary care for them become readily available.
People can help by donating directly to involved rescue organizations, by volunteering for involved rescue organizations, and of course by adopting the animals directly.
Dr. Roger Welton is a practicing veterinarian and well regarded media personality throughout a number of subjects and platforms. In addition to being passionate about integrative veterinary medicine for which he is a nationally renowned expert, Dr. Welton was also an accomplished college lacrosse player and remains to this day very involved in the sport. He is president of Maybeck Animal Hospital , runs the successful veterinary/animal health blogs Web-DVM and Dr. Roger’s Holistic Veterinary Care, and fulfills his passion for lacrosse through his lacrosse and sport blog, The Creator’s Game.
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