Why we MUST fly. In the United States territory of Puerto Rico, the shelters euthanize 92 percent of all pets brought to them, as few pets are spay/neutered and they are constantly breeding. It’s not just Pit Bulls and Chihuahuas either, it’s Golden Retrievers, Yorkshire Terriers, Poodles and other highly prized breeds as well. On April 4th, 2017. Wings of Rescue in conjunction with our partners the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the Greater Good, and Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team (PART) flew 200 dogs and cats from the high intake Santuario Canita Shelter, Humane Society of Puerto Rico and San Juan Animal Protection and Adoption to Fort Lauderdale Florida where they were transferred to the Humane Society of Broward County, Sarasota Humane Society and other no kill shelters throughout the eastern seaboard. Among the pets who flew from squalid conditions to new homes were, Thor (pictured above on the plane) and Lollipop, Chocolito and Popsicle (pictured below in the squalid conditions of their former shelter, the Santuario Canita, in Puerto Rico).
In Puerto Rico there are more stray dogs on the island than there are human inhabitants. The territory is totally lacking in spay/neuter laws and because of the combination of an under-educated public and year around good weather dogs and cats are roaming the streets and breeding 24 hours a day, every day. Wings of Rescue and our partners, HSUS, the Greater Good and Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team are still committed to improving the lives of Puerto Rico’s pets. Our team will be on the ground providing spay/neuter services, educating the public and putting together more “Operation Breathing Room” flights. The next flight is scheduled for August 23rd, 2017 – and will carry approximately 150 dogs to a collection of no-kill shelters along the east coast. Please help us save even more Puerto Rico pets by donating at www.wingsofrescue.org/donate.