After a flight of three hours to 160 dogs and 45 cats arrived in Fort Lauderdale from Puerto Rico as part of the«Operation Breathing Room», a program led by the Humane Society of the U. S. that helps to free up space in shelters overcrowded in Puerto Rico, reports the Sun Sentinell.
«Puerto Rico has more pets homeless people can attend,» said Kim Alboum, director of political participation and the promotion of shelters of the Humane Society .
Alboum said the operation also focused on educating people in sustainable programs of handling of pets, including sterilization.
«Puerto Rico is part of the U.S. and is an island with the overabundance of stray animals», he said. «People can’t really argue that we are bringing animals to the U.S. when they are already a part of the U.S. We have to help them.»
According to the humane Society of the island has more than 300,000 stray dogs, and shelters with a death rate of 92 per cent, the highest of any state or territory of the united states.UU..
«It is very disheartening to hear people talk about the shelters in Puerto Rico as if this is what you really want to do,» he said. «Those who live in Puerto Rico, are working very hard. They are putting all their effort into getting better conditions for those animals. Only that h –ay too many animals and very little people».
The flight to Florida is one of about 140 sponsored by Wings of Rescue, a nonprofit organization based in California that works with the humane Society for the transport of animals. Ric Browde, president of the organisation, rented the plane.
«The average length of stay at a pet transported by my organization and the rescue of reception is around three and a half days. No doubt for the Passover they are going to probably be on the couch of someone,»he said. «It’s one of those stories that end happily ever after.»
Among the army of volunteers is a group from Pittsburgh that worked about 25 hours to get to south Florida. In addition to the 20 volunteers, the group brought the truck and trailer to help transport the animals from the east coast, dropping a few off at shelters along the way.
«This is just a small effort to alleviate the tremendous problem of the people of Puerto Rico, in order to have only a little space in which animals can breathe. These dogs will definitely have a good home, » said Lynda Manko, director of operations team of the Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue. They will take 100 of the cats and dogs who came.
At the humane Society of Broward County will be housed 21 dogs and 15 cats. «We always like to be involved in the transfer and we take animals when we can from other places. So it was important for us to be involved in this rescue, » said Mary Steffen, senior vice president of operations of the humane Society of Broward County.
For more information on cats and dogs brought to the humane Society of Broward County, call 954-989-3977 or send an email to email@example.com.
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