More than 100 hurricane-displaced animals, mostly dogs, will arrive in the U.S. today thanks to the rescue efforts and leadership of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Locally, IndyHumane was selected as one of the rescue partners on this project. IndyHumane will help transport, care for and find new homes for the pets left homeless by the devastation of Hurricane Maria.
“This is a big deal for Indianapolis and for IndyHumane,” said Steven Stolen, CEO of IndyHumane. “We were selected because we have proven to be a community leader and a successful, reliable partner on other rescue projects. Our reputation and quality work of our medical clinic and behavioral team attribute to why we were selected. Additionally, we have a capable, large, and agile volunteer group that will play an important role in organizing and assisting with our animal welfare partners.”
The animals are from the small island of Veiques and foster homes on the main island through All Sato Rescue, which means they will arrive with health certificates and vaccines. The animals will be transported from the Indianapolis Regional Airport to the IndyHumane facilities, where they will follow standard protocol and animal care.
The situation is heartbreaking,” said Kimberley Alboum, Shelter Outreach & Policy Engagement Director. “The needs are overwhelming at this point. We are working to bring daily supplies to the island and remove homeless pets. Partners such as IndyHumane are critical to our life-saving mission.”
Stay tuned to IndyHumane’s Facebook for updates!