As the people of Puerto Rico continue to recover and rebuild after multiple hurricanes tore through the region causing catastrophic damage, North Shore Animal League America continues to do all we can to lend a helping hand. Our Emergency Rescue Team is in Florida now, equipped with our Rachael Ray Mobile Rescue Unit, to assist in the transport of 67 homeless animals, who arrived from devastated areas of Puerto Rico, to the safety of our Port Washington, N.Y. Adoption Center and other safe havens. Through a partnership with Pet Haven Rescue and Rescue Life Sanctuary, both located in the Palm Beach area, all of these precious rescues will soon have the chance to find responsible, loving homes and families who adore them.
“Even before the first hurricane hit, we were in contact with several of our shelter partners in Puerto Rico, making sure to keep the lines of communication open and let them know we were here for them in whatever way they needed,” said Cindy Szczudlo, Animal League America Director of Rescue Services. “Friends of Culebria Animals,Alianza Pro Rescate Animales, Love Puerto Rico Golden Retriever Rescue, andIsland Dog, are all shelters down there who have been trying to recover and rebuild while still tending to all of the animals in their care. Once we were able to regain contact with them and assess their needs, we partnered up with a few of our rescue groups in Florida, who were already doing some amazing work there. It’s through that collaborative effort that we were able to coordinate this lifesaving rescue.”