A home just isn’t the same without a pet. For some Hurricane Maria survivors who left Puerto Rico, the long wait to see their furry friend’s face again is over.
The Austin Humane Society facilitated reunions on Saturday for several pets and owners who had moved to the mainland. At least a dozen dogs, cats and a rabbit made the flight from the island to Austin.
The animal shelter has helped respond to natural disaster events before, taking in animals during Hurricane Harvey and the Hidden Pines wildfire. According to social media posts, this was the staff’s second mission in Puerto Rico.
Our second mission in Puerto Rico is now underway. AHS President & CEO, Frances Jonon is on the island to see first hand the impact Hurricane Maria has had on animals and families. Frances has just shared these photos as she's helping Puerto Rico Animal Unite with a flight to New Jersey and then will help transport more than a dozen dogs, cats, and one bunny to Austin on Saturday to reunite them with their families on the mainland. We'll keep sharing details and photos as we get them so be sure you're following the mission on social media. And, if you'd like to help support disaster response missions like this one, please consider making your gift at our website. #unleasshope #hurricanemaria #dogs #cats
Hurricane Maria caused intense destruction across Puerto Rico and killed at least 65 people on the island in 2017.