The Seattle Humane Society announced that it will take in 154 dogs and cats tonight from shelters in Puerto Rico desperate to relieve overcrowding following Hurricane Maria.
This is Seattle Humane’s sixth transfer in an effort to open up space and resources in shelters following a series of hurricanes that devastated Texas and Puerto Rico.
The dogs and cats will be transported on a commercial flight organized by the Humane Society of the United States. Seattle Humane offered to help when they received word that no other organizations in the southern United States had the capacity to take in more animals.
The flight is expected to arrive at the Boeing Field International Airport between 10-11 p.m. tonight. Seattle Humane staff and volunteers will be working around the clock to receive the animals and make them available for adoption following medical examinations and behavior assessments.
One of the dogs on the flight was surrendered to a shelter in Puerto Rico by a man who refused to leave his destroyed home until his dog had a safe place to go. The Humane Society of the United States and Seattle Humane coordinated to transfer the dog to Seattle where the man’s family members who live in the area will look after the dog until he finds a new residence.
Thanks to contributions to the Seattle Humane Disaster Fund, the shelter’s Life-Saver Rescue team brings in dozens of pets every week from shelters that have run out of space or resources.