22549478 1671931679544147 4332838980236806155 nThe Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society is joining forces with three other animal welfare organizations creating a four-state response to help rescue dogs from Puerto Rico. Joining CHHS from North Carolina is the Atlanta Humane Society (Georgia), Nashville Humane Society (Tennessee) and the Charleston Animal Society (South Carolina). All four groups are meeting in Atlanta today (Thursday, October 19th) to greet a very special plane arriving from Puerto Rico carrying precious cargo – more than 120 canine survivors from Hurricane Maria. The rescue effort is being coordinated by the Humane Society of the United States, which has been on the ground in Puerto Rico assisting in the aftermath of this historically devastating storm.

The CHHS Animal Rescue Team is arriving back at the shelter in Sapphire late tonight with 24 dogs and puppies. The animals will begin a seven-day quarantine period tomorrow, but will be available for viewing and after medical check-ups and spay/neuter, all the animals will be ready for adoption the week of October 30th.

Kimberley Alboum, Shelter Outreach & Policy Engagement Director for the Humane Society of the United States, has been in Puerto Rico since the first days after the hurricane and had this to say about the animals being rescued by CHHS: "Amid the devastation to Puerto Rico, it is incredible to see our stateside collation of shelter partners bring these wonderful animals into their programs. This flight would not have been possible without the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society team and we are so grateful for their commitment to animals locally and nationally". Stay tuned for more pictures and information!


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