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More than six months after Hurricane Maria, a massive, category 5 hurricane, slammed into the island of Puerto Rico, work is still underway to help the people and animals heal.

“We were honored to be working side by side in Puerto Rico with local groups as well as shelter experts and volunteers from across the country to support the effort of reuniting families as well as relocate homeless animals to the mainland,” said AHS President & CEO, Frances Jonon. “The collaborations and partnerships being built in Puerto Rico will be critical in moving positive progress forward on the island.”

Over the last few months, AHS has helped reunite nearly 50 animals with their families on the mainland. Many of these people had not seen their pets for months, their families separated as they worked tirelessly to transport the animals from the island.

Working alongside Puerto Rico Animal Unite which is graciously funded by JPB Foundation and assisted by El Faro de los Animales and St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, we have not only been able to make these families whole once again but work toward a solution of finding more homeless animals loving families here in Texas. That mission must continue in order to provide the island some relief as shelters work to rebuild.

For more than 65 years, the Austin Humane Society has been a leader in disaster response. From floods to fires, hurricanes to hoarding situations – AHS will continue to lead the way. AHS remains committed to people and animals in crisis and together, we can find ways to make tomorrow better than today.

Please consider making a gift now to help AHS continue its disaster response efforts at home and abroad. Together, we can unleash hope.

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Click here to view photos from our first Puerto Rico Animal Unite mission in February.

Click here to view photos from our second Puerto Rico Animal Unite mission in April.