Nearly 40 dogs arrive from Puerto Rico to the SPCA of Wake County

The SPCA of Wake County took in 39 dogs from Puerto Rico late Thursday night, October 5th, 2017. This was a joint effort with the Humane Society of the United States which has been running hurricane relief efforts on the island.

The private plane landed at 9:15p.m. at RDU to the cheering of animal rescue advocates.  The SPCA team along with members of the HSUS, Pawfect Match Rescue, Saving Grace, Safe Haven for Cats and Moore County Humane Society all jumped into action lining up crates of dogs and cats as they were unloaded from the plane.  The rescue groups quickly began loading animals into their transport vehicles to take back to their shelters and foster homes.  SPCA staffers worked till midnight getting the 39 dogs in our care settled into our Holding Center.

Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico and families are left homeless and separated from their pets.  In an effort to help reunite families with their pets, the HSUS is transporting animals who were already up for adoption before the storm hit, out of Puerto Rico to shelters in the mainland United States. This work is making room for Hurricane Maria’s canine and feline victims in an effort to reunite them with their families. “Our number-one priority is keeping pets with their owners and returning them,” explains Kim Alboum with the Humane Society of the United States.

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  1. Donate: We can’t answer these calls without the resources to care for these animals.  Donating to the SPCA ensures your money will help the animals we take in today and also allow us to say “yes” to future emergency response needs.
  2. Adopt: When you adopt an animal from the SPCA, you save two lives! The animal you bring home and the animal waiting in line to take his or her place on the adoption floor!  If you have been considering adding a family member to your pack, come visit us to meet our current animals for adoption.

Interested in Adopting?

We will not know what types of dogs we will have until they arrive. Our staff will spend the next few days evaluating each animal and some could be up for adoption as soon as next week. As dogs become available, they will be listed on our website, which is updated hourly.
You can come to the Adoption Center to go through the adoption process before the dogs are available, but there is no “wish list.”  Read more about our Adoption Process.

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