MORRISTOWN, NJ – Approximately 130 dogs and cats arrived at the Morristown Airport after being rescued from Puerto Rico. 

The Sato Project, Wings of Rescue and Greater Good Charities made it possible for these animals to touch down on October 10. All dogs and cats evacuated were either rescued from the streets of Puerto Rico or pulled from overburdened shelters impacted by recent earthquakes and/or damaged by tropical storms. In addition to dealing with COVID-19, Puerto Rico continues to be plagued by daily earthquakes and hurricane threats.

Most of the cats and dogs were matched with their adopters before leaving Puerto Rico and were greeted by their new families at the airport. The cats and dogs that were on the flight, but did not match with a potential adopter before they took off, are available for adoption at Humane Pennsylvania, Broward County Humane, and Kent Animal Shelter, said organizers. 

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This transport also included several dogs traveling as a part of The Sato Project’s No Dog Left Behind program, which has reunited 200 pets with their families who were displaced by Puerto Rico’s multiple natural disasters

There is a stray dog epidemic in Puerto Rico, where an estimated 500,000 roam the streets and  municipal shelters average a 94% euthanasia rate, said organizers. For the past decade, The Sato Project has rescued, rehabilitated, and flown 5,000 rescue dogs to the Northeast. 

Wings of Rescue has been flying from Puerto Rico for over three years, and since Hurricane Maria devastated the United States territory, has flown over 50 flights carrying more than 4,000 pets to safety and bringing in over 140,000 pounds of humanitarian and pet aid.