Rescued from Puerto Rico

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It seems the plight of Puerto Rico has, for the most part, dropped from the headlines. The island is still struggling with power restoration & rebuilding in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Puerto Rico already has an over population of stray dogs that many rescue groups & shelters have tried to help but since the hurricane, these groups have been overwhelmed.

There have been air lifts to the American mainland. On January 20th, sixty two dogs were flown to Washington D.C. by Lucky Dog Animal Rescue of Arlington, Virginia. They arranged a rescue flight which was donated by Southwest Airlines. They left behind over 14,000 pounds of supplies for pets & people in need.

A month earlier, The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, along with the group “Barks of Hope,” flew a private cargo jet to Puerto Rico & returned with 130 dogs.

This is wooftastic news, however these dogs are a very small percentage of those still in need of help. I’ve sniffed about & have found a sample of Rescue organizations in Puerto Rico.

Second Chance Animal Rescue was founded in 2000. They rescue, rehabilitate, & secure permanent homes for abandoned & abused dogs rescued from the streets of Puerto Rico.

The Sato Project is also dedicated to rescuing abused & abandoned dogs in Puerto Rico. Sato is Puerto Rican slang for a mutt. Since its inception in 2011, The Sato Project has rescued over 2,000 dogs & placed them in loving homes in the mainland U.S.. Since the devastation of Hurricane Maria, The Sato Project has evacuated over 300 dogs to safety & is working to keep families with their beloved pets, & help the many animals left behind in the storm’s aftermath.

All Sato Rescue (ASR) is yet another nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives, & reducing the numbers, of abandoned dogs in Puerto Rico.

Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) of Rincón is an animal welfare organization that services the town of Rincón, Puerto Rico. It began in 1997 by a hand full of devoted volunteers. It’s focus is on eradicating animal overpopulation both through mass sterilization as well as providing workshops in schools in order to educate & involve the community.

The Vieques Humane Society & Animal Rescue (VHSAR) is located on the island of Vieques, off Puerto Rico’s east coast. Established in 1987,  VHSAR was officially established as a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. They provide animal rescue & veterinary services that include a shelter, a  low-cost clinic, & other community-based & educational programs.

If you could find it in your heart to help the good dogs of Puerto Rico, even if only with a small donation, I’m sure it would be very much appreciated.

CEO Olivia

 

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Houston ~ How You Can Help

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Hello, CEO Olivia here. As you all must know, there is a serious crisis in Houston, Texas & the surrounding areas. Hurricane Harvey has brought massive flooding & destruction. Humans are in need of aid but so are the animals.

There are many rescue groups doing what they can to reach as many animals as possible but the numbers are overwhelming. It has been reported that over 70,000 homes are underwater.

People have been contacting the Wally Foundation wanting to donate epileptic medications for the epi-warriors in Houston. Wally Foundation Director Rick Selwood has stated that although it’s wonderful that people want to donate, medical records can’t be verified & he feels it would be best if people donated money to active rescue groups such as the ASPCA.

The ASPCA web site is set up to take financial donations & has regular updates as to their rescue efforts. You can also donate to the Houston SPCA directly.

At times like this it is important to come together. Please, if you can make a donation, do so. The money will go towards supporting rescue efforts.

Our hearts go out to everyone, human & non-human, living through this disaster.

CEO Olivia

 

 

British Columbia Wild Fires ~ How You Can Help

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This has been a bad summer for forest fires in British Columbia. Thousands of families have had to leave their homes & they aren’t always able to rescue their animal companions. Lucky there are many volunteers doing their best to care for all these animals.

But shelters are overwhelmed. It’s not just dogs & cats in need of aid. Many larger animals such as horses, pigs & cows have made their way to rescues & shelters too. Many owners are posting photos & details of missing animals on social media, including this Facebook page, in the hopes of being reunited with them.

If you live in the area, volunteers are needed desperately, especially if you have a trailer & can transport larger animals. If you live far away, a financial donation can help shelters purchase supplies such as blankets, food, medical needs & crates.

Below are some links to groups that are helping the animals of British Columbia.

A special fund has been set up by Horse Council BC. You can make a donation here: hcbc.ca/donate

petsafecoalition.ca The Pet Safe Coalition Society of Canada’s mission is to assist animals during personal or large scale emergencies or disasters.

Canadian Disaster Animal Response Team (CDART) Volunteers are mobilized when local authorities request CDART’s help or when the Provincial Emergency Program’s Emergency Social Services is activated. In specific communities, CDART has long-time established teams but will answer requests for help through local, provincial and federal government agencies.

The British Columbia SPCA has officially been deemed an essential service by the province, allowing animal protection officers access beyond checkpoints to collect as many animals left behind as possible. Officers are feeding, watering & comforting animals & where possible, reuniting them with their guardians at check points.

If you can help, even a little, please do. Please share this post too. This disaster is ongoing.

CEO Olivia