But there are also setbacks, including a deep economic crisis that has led many islanders to leave the continent and leave their pets behind. Neighbor sends a letter calling an autistic child “it” in an anonymous noise complaint.
Although different organizations have flown dogs from Puerto Rico in recent years, this latest effort is believed to be the largest number in a single trip. Most of the animals came from two shelters: one on the hills of Mayaguez who find it difficult to find people to adopt animals as they are too far away and another near Cabo Rojo that has to remove all its entire population due to the renovation.
The dogs were examined by veterinarians, transported to San Juan airport, and then flown on two aircraft provided by a group called the wings of rescue. They landed in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where one planeload of dogs were destined for shelters throughout the state. The other plane went to North Carolina, with dogs continuing on to several shelters, including Animal Haven in New York City.