Operation Grey Muzzle takes flight, transports hundreds of shelter dogs stateside

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Operation Grey Muzzle takes flight, transports hundreds of shelter dogs stateside

Animal welfare coalition unites to help animals, people of Puerto Rico

August 16, 2017 - A group of more than 200 dogs from overwhelmed Puerto Rico animal shelters will arrive at airports in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Raleigh-Durham in North Carolina next week. Upon arrival, these lucky companion animals will continue their journey to shelters and recue partners along the east coast.

The transport, which is part of a coalition effort named Operation Grey Muzzle, aims to provide space for local animal shelters as they continue their work with Humane Puerto Rico, an initiative of The Humane Society of the United States, seeking to improve the welfare of animals on the island. Partners of Operation Grey Muzzle include Wings of Rescue, Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team, GreaterGood.org, Grace Park Animal Hospital, the Humane Society of Broward County, the Humane Society of Charlotte and The Sato Project.
 

“We hope this operation provides much-needed breathing room for the animal shelters as they work toward sustainable solutions to the massive pet overpopulation on the island,” said Kim Alboum, director of sheltering outreach and policy engagement for The HSUS.

Flight arrival information

Florida, Wednesday, Aug. 23
6 a.m. - Flight arrives at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Receiving shelters for this flight include Big Dog Ranch Rescue, The Humane Society of Broward County, The Humane Society Naples, The Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County and Tri-County Animal Rescue in Florida.

North Carolina, Wednesday, Aug. 23
9 a.m. - Flight arrives at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Receiving shelters for this flight include Animal Haven in New York, Animal Rescue Fund of The Hamptons in New York, The Humane Society of Charlotte in North Carolina, The Monmouth County SPCA in New Jersey and The Humane Society of Washington County in Maryland.

For media inquiries, please contact Molly Feldman: 202-578-6767; mfeldman@humanesociety.org

For more information about the work, The HSUS Humane State Program is doing to support Puerto Rico animal shelters, please visit this link.


The HSUS thanks its partners for the following contributions:

  • Wings of Rescue for sourcing and flying a plane from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Raleigh-Durham in North Carolina.
  • Pittsburg Aviation Animal Rescue Team for providing ground transport for animals moving to shelters outside of North Carolina.
  • GreaterGood.org for contributing financial resources in the form of grants.
  • Big Dog Ranch Rescue for taking in animals from the transport into its program.
  • Grace Park Animal Hospital for providing sponsorship for plane and veterinary ground support for animals arriving in Raleigh-Durham in North Carolina.
  • The Humane Society of Broward County for providing staff, veterinarian and ground support to receive plane in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. and for taking in animals from the transport into its program.
  • The Humane Society of Charlotte for providing staff, veterinary and ground support to receive a plane in Raleigh-Durham in North Carolina and for taking animals from the transport into its program.
  • The Sato Project for working tirelessly in Puerto Rico to identify and prepare more than 200 dogs for this journey.

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