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Operation Grey Muzzle takes flight, transports hundreds of Puerto Rico shelter dogs stateside

Animal welfare coalition unites to help animals, people of Puerto Rico

A group of more than 200 dogs, including many senior dogs, from overwhelmed Puerto Rico animal shelters will arrive at airports in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Raleigh-Durham in North Carolina next week. Upon arrival, these lucky companion animals will continue their journey to shelters and rescue partners along the East Coast.

The transport, which is part of a coalition effort named Operation Grey Muzzle, aims to provide room for local animal shelters to take in other homeless and stray animals as they continue their work with Humane Puerto Rico, an initiative of The Humane Society of the United States. The program seeks to improve the welfare of animals on the island.

“We’re grateful to all of the receiving organizations for opening their doors to these dogs in need,” said Kim Alboum, director of sheltering outreach and policy engagement for The HSUS. “We hope this operation results in new homes for these wonderful dogs and provides much-needed breathing room for the animal shelters as they work toward sustainable solutions to the massive pet overpopulation on the island.”

Participants in Operation Grey Muzzle include Wings of Rescue, Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team, GreaterGood.org, The Grey Muzzle Organization, Big Dog Ranch Rescue, Grace Park Animal Hospital, the Humane Society of Broward County, the Humane Society of Charlotte and The Sato Project.

“GreaterGood.org is thrilled to offer our support to help fund this transport,” said Liz Baker, executive director of GreaterGood.org. “Helping these animals find their forever homes while also aiding the animal welfare community of Puerto Rico resonates with our organization’s mission and our passionate donors.”

Flight arrival information

Florida, Wednesday, Aug. 23

6 a.m. - Flight arrives at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport. Receiving shelters for dogs from this flight include Big Dog Ranch Rescue, The Humane Society of Broward County, The Humane Society Naples, The Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County and Tri-County Animal Rescue in Florida.

North Carolina, Wednesday, Aug. 23

9 a.m. - Flight arrives at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Receiving shelters for dogs from this flight include Animal Haven and Animal Rescue Fund of The Hamptons in New York, The Humane Society of Charlotte in North Carolina, The Monmouth County SPCA in New Jersey and The Humane Society of Washington County in Maryland.

For media inquiries, please contact Molly Feldman: 240-678-9477; mafeldman@humanesociety.org

The HSUS thanks the following organizations for their contributions:

  • Wings of Rescue for sourcing and flying a plane from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Fort Lauderdale, and Raleigh-Durham.
  • Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team for providing ground transport for animals moving to shelters outside of North Carolina.
  • GreaterGood.org for contributing financial resources in the form of grants.
  • The Grey Muzzle Organization for contributing financial resources in the form of grantsto the Humane Society of Charlotte.
  • Big Dog Ranch Rescue for taking in animals from the transport into its program.
  • Grace Park Animal Hospital for providing sponsorship for plane and veterinary ground support for animals arriving in Raleigh-Durham.
  • The Humane Society of Broward County for providing staff, veterinary and ground support to receive dogs from the plane arriving in Ft. Lauderdale and for taking in animals from the transport into its program.
  • The Humane Society of Charlotte for providing staff, veterinary and ground support to receive dogs from the plane arriving in Raleigh-Durham and for taking animals from the transport into its program.
  • The Sato Project for working tirelessly in Puerto Rico to identify and prepare more than 200 dogs for this journey.

In addition to the work of these organizations and the Humane Puerto Rico program, The HSUS’ international arm, Humane Society International, operates spay/neuter clinics throughout the island.

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