SPCA takes in 18 dogs from St. Croix after Hurricane Maria

December 19, 2017 — Nearly three months after Hurricane Maria devastated St. Croix and nearby islands, the need is still great.

The SPCA of Wake County took in 18 dogs (two adults and 16 puppies) today from the island of St. Croix. This is the third round of animals the shelter has helped in direct response to this year’s hurricane damage.

The SPCA took in 39 dogs from Puerto Rico in partnership with the HSUS in early October. The SPCA also took in six bunnies from the Florida Keys. The ASPCA (not affiliated with the SPCA of Wake County) provided transport for the 18 animals now in our care.

The main shelter on the island, St. Croix Animal Welfare Center, was destroyed during Hurricane Maria. We were able to contact the shelter veterinarian (who coincidentally is a DVM alum from the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine) who shared that they moved all of their animals to safety prior to the storm. They have been busy helping people on the island acquire health certificates so residents can leave with their pets and are also very busy helping the stray animals left behind. “We are exceptionally grateful that our wonderful crucian critters were accepted to stateside shelters and hopeful that we can build our network of sister shelters through this tragedy,” Dr. Michelle Mehalick told the SPCA.

Staff is assessing each animal’s needs. The dogs are not yet at the SPCA Pet Adoption Center. Some should be available for adoption as early as Thursday, but anyone interested in adopting one of the dogs can stop by the Pet Adoption Center even before that to get their information on file.

We are currently assessing each pet to determine if there are any immediate medical needs. Each dog will be spayed or neutered prior to being available for adoption.

Your support allows us to answer the call during times of need and large-scale rescue efforts. Accepting these animals will not disrupt the normal intake of animals we bring in from other local shelters. You can make a tax-deductible donation today to help us provide the care, food, shelter and spay/neuter surgeries these 18 pets need. Your support today also gives us the chance to say “yes” when the next call for help comes in!

The SPCA of Wake County is an independent animal shelter and relies almost entirely on donations for the work it performs.

This entry was posted in Blog by Tara Lynn.

2 Responses to “SPCA takes in 18 dogs from St. Croix after Hurricane Maria”

  1. Cecil Reniche-SMith

    That beautiful red boy in the forth row down – the one who looks like he has a crazy faux-hawk – is Anders. He is a darling, whose owner lost his home and could not keep him. He stole my heart in St. Croix, and I hope he finds a good home in Wake County!

  2. Ryan

    I adopted one of these dogs, that eventually made it to Humane Society of Charlotte. Her name at time of adoption was Rose, as it remains today. Her paperwork said she was born October 23rd, and pitbull mix breed. She was just a little black and white puppy who looks just like another dog on this webpage. The puppy in photo 4th up from the bottom, that’s black and white with big ears, looks so much like Rose I thought it was her at first. The lovely people at Humane Society of Charlotte said that Rose’s sister was adopted there just before we adopted Rose, so that really makes me think it is her sister. If I could attach a pic here I would.

    My Girlfriend and I can’t thank you enough for bringing this amazing dog out of a bad situation and into our lives. I can say she has enhanced our lives so much, and brings us so much happiness. We take her to the park every day. She turns one next week and I have some new chew toys I can’t wait to give to her. Please let us know if we can do anything in return.

    Ryan Rocha


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