Displaced dogs from Puerto Rico are coming to Wisconsin

Posted at 8:19 PM, Oct 20, 2017

A group of local organizations will be taking in more than 100 dogs displaced by the hurricanes that ravaged Puerto Rico.

The Waukesha animal shelters HAWS, the Elmbrook Humane Society and the Humane Society of the United States are coordinating to bring the dogs to Wisconsin on Saturday between 4 and 5 p.m.

“The animals coming to Waukesha County are again those that were already being housed at shelters and rescues in Puerto Rico, looking for new adoptive homes before Hurricane Maria’s arrival. These are animals that had no owners coming forward to claim them,” said HAWS Executive Director Lynn Olenik in a news release. “HSUS is working with the citizens of Puerto Rico to assist those in need of temporary or emergency housing for their pets, and those owners that are looking for their lost pets, to ensure they can be reunited. This transport will allow Puerto Rican shelters and rescues to do their important relief work – and we are happy to assist by finding loving homes for their dogs already in need.”

EBHS and HAWs are asking for help taking on the additional dogs, and are asking the public for donations. 

All pets will be given medical and behavior exams, and will be put up for adoption when they are ready. 

Visit the HAWS and EBHS websites or check their Facebook pages for updates.