Halifax Humane Society In Daytona To Take In 32 Dogs Displaced By Hurricane Maria

By on November 30, 2017 in WNDB News

Daytona Beach, FL – The Halifax Humane Society in Daytona Beach announced on Thursday that it will receive 32 homeless dogs that were displaced by Hurricane Maria in St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

This effort is all part of a larger collaboration between the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team, and Wings of Rescue to transport cats and dogs from the ASPCA’s emergency shelter in St. Croix and place them with animal shelters. Currently, the ASPCA emergency shelter is caring for nearly 450 animals, and it has reached out to several organizations, including the Halifax Humane Society, asking them to take some of the animals in.

32 homeless dogs were flown into Florida on Thursday afternoon and arrived at Ft. Lauderdale International Airport. From there, they will then be transported to Halifax Humane Society in Daytona Beach, where they will be ready for adoption after they are medically checked in.

“Helping the animals of St. Croix is just the right thing to do. These animals are victims of Hurricane Maria and simply need some care and love to get them placed into a new home,” says Barry KuKes, Community Outreach Director for Halifax Humane Society.

As long as the newly arrived dogs are medically cleared, they should be available for adoption by mid next week. For more information on when these animals will be made available for adoption at Halifax Humane Society, please visit or contact www.halifaxhumanesociety.org or 386-274-4704 ext. 320.

“The pets are in need of a long-term forever home, and they’re not going to get that in St. Croix because of the disaster that happened there. They can’t even have housing for people, much less their animals,” KuKes explains. “This brings the dogs into a much better environment. It’s kind of a win-win for everybody.”

The Halifax Humane Society had previously taken in 21 animals from the ASPCA’s emergency shelter last month. All but three of those animals have been adopted. Those three are under medical supervision.

“Relocating animals displaced by the storm gives them an opportunity to move on to the next chapter of their lives while we continue to support local agencies by providing daily care for rescued animals and helping pet owners in need,” Jessica Rushin, partnerships senior manager for ASPCA Field Investigations & Response, says. “The ASPCA is grateful to work with response partners, including Halifax Humane Society, to make this life-saving effort possible so these animals will have a chance to find safe and loving homes.”

NOTE: Featured photo is not of one of the animals from St. Croix.

Copyright Southern Stone Communications 2017.

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