Hundreds of dogs, who were destined for an untimely death at overcrowded animal shelters in Puerto Rico, have been given a second chance thanks to Operation Grey Muzzle. According to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), over 200 dogs will have the chance to live out the rest of their lives thanks to a coalition effort working to relieve the strain on shelters in Puerto Rico which are overwhelmed with abandoned and unwanted dogs.
Kim Alboum, director of sheltering outreach and policy engagement for The HSUS, stated:
“We’re grateful to all of the receiving organizations for opening their doors to these dogs in need. We hope this operation results in new homes for these wonderful dogs and provides much-needed breathing room for the animal shelters as they work toward sustainable solutions to the massive pet overpopulation on the island.”
“They run out of room and, unfortunately, they have to euthanize for space. It’s heartbreaking for the staff and it’s devastating because these animals are all highly adoptable.”
The Humane Society of Broward County welcomed 24 of the relocated dogs to its facility. The shelter staff is confident that the dogs from Puerto Rico will be adopted quickly.
Participants in Operation Grey Muzzle include Wings of Rescue, Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team, GreaterGood.org, The Grey Muzzle Organization, Big Dog Ranch Rescue, Grace Park Animal Hospital, the Humane Society of Broward County, the Humane Society of Charlotte and The Sato Project.
(Images via Humane Society of Broward County FB page)
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