The Sato Project and Wings of Rescue expressed the best love language of all when they saved almost 200 dogs and cats and helped them find permanent homes earlier this month. The thrust was part of their “Love Is in the Air” mission, which targeted the liberation of over 500 shelter pets on the week of Valentine’s Day.
They teamed up with Tito’s Handmade Vodka to transport 190 stray animals from Puerto Rico to mainland United States. And last February 13, they were all airlifted from San Juan via a chartered flight that stopped in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and in White Plains and Farmingdale in New York.
Upon landing at the Westchester County Airport in NYC, 70 canines met up with their new families as soon as they got off the tarmac.
In a press release, The Sato Project said that all of the dogs in the flight were either saved from a dire hoarding situation from the streets of Puerto Rico, neglected, or pulled from animal shelters at full capacity due to the recent earthquakes. They added that aside from dealing with the pandemic, Puerto Rico is tormented daily by earthquakes and tropical storms. According to them, there are over half a million stray dogs in the country, and local shelters, on average, have a 94-96% euthanasia rate.
The animals also went through a ‘mandatory 30-day quarantine period’ and were given a clean bill of health before they were cleared for that flight earlier this month. This included supervised care for a minimum of eight weeks, tested and certified that they were free from infectious and contagious diseases and were vaccinated, spayed, or neutered. The Sato Project also added that all of the animals have health certificates signed by licensed veterinarians.
And even though some of the pets they brought have their adopters, all of them are candidates for immediate adoption.’
Onboard, several dogs had been part of The Sato Project’s No Dog Left Behind program, which has recently reunited around 200 pets with families that were forced to relocate from Puerto Rico.
And as a post-Valentine’s Day present, anyone who wishes to show their support for the rescue flight can donate to help cover the expenses. In return, you can get some adorable downloadable cards as a reward!
The organization took to social media to say that every gift sent their way will make a life-saving difference to an animal in need. They also grabbed that opportunity to thank everyone for their support and for helping them fly these animals home just in time for Heart’s Day.
Source: The Sato Project