Animals rescued from Puerto Rico arrive in Georgetown

Part of ongoing Hurricane Maria recovery efforts
December 7, 2017

The Brandywine Valley SPCA Georgetown campus received 22 dogs last week as part of a rescue mission led by the Humane Society of the United States in collaboration with flight transporter Wings of Rescue and ground transporter Animal Lifeline.

Many families in Puerto Rico still can't return to a normal life, as access to supplies and essential services continues to be a challenge in many areas. Meanwhile, the island already faced a severe pet overpopulation problem. Only 8 percent of animals left shelters alive prior to Hurricane Maria, and the hurricane has increased the pressure on those shelters, many of which faced damage while struggling with increased intakes due to the storm.

This intake by the BVSPCA is one of several hurricane-related intakes over the past three months to assist disaster-struck areas when space in the BVSPCA shelters allows, with almost 200 animals in total received to date.

Eight dogs and seven kittens were airlifted from the ongoing aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and arrived at the Georgetown campus Dec. 1. The animals are part of an airlift from San Juan, PR, to Morristown, N.J., led by HSUS and flown by Wings of Rescue. The animals destined for the BVSPCA received ground transport from Morristown to Georgetown by Animal Lifeline's Ride to Rescue. The BVSPCA will medically evaluate the animals, perform spay/neuter surgeries in the upcoming week, then place the animals up for adoption.

For information and to adopt, contact the Brandywine Valley SPCA Georgetown campus at 302-856-6361.