As August was ending, The Wings of Rescue took off from Texas for Morristown, New Jersey with a plane full of shelter dogs.At 10:00 PM, wheels were on the ground and volunteers helped unload this precious cargo.
First off was Roscoe, a brown and white mix who was all lover boy.
By midnight, they were settled into St. Hubert’s Welfare Center in Madison, New Jersey.
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, St. Hubert’s mobilized to welcome 78 shelter dogs on this first animal flight to the Northeast from the hurricane devastated area. But it didn’t stop there.
On September 7, dozens more dogs and cats were received, as well as additional animals from shelters affected by Hurricane Irma. On September 9, 50 dogs arrived from the Charleston Animal Society in South Carolina. And on September 10, our Way Station partner, Grand Strand Humane Society in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, brought in 36 dogs and over 20 cats.
St. Hubert’s organized the response of shelters across the Northeast. Animals who were homeless before the storms were sent here to make space for the rapid influx of displaced pets that come in to hurricane-affected shelters and await to be reunited with their families.
While assisting the areas affected by Harvey and Irma, St. Hubert’s continues with all of its own day-to-day activities. No animals in or entering our shelters are being displaced due to this emergency response.
The airlift of dogs by Wings of Rescue from San Antonio Animal Care and Control was organized by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). After rest, meals and exercise at St. Hubert’s, many of the dogs will transfer to partners along the northeast corridor.
As we await details on an expected airlift from Tampa, empty crates, with messages from New Jersey, will fly back to Texas and Florida to carry more shelter dogs on subsequent flights.
In addition to St. Hubert’s in Madison, New Jersey, sister shelters scheduled to accept animals include:
- Animal Alliance in Belle Mead, NJ
- Animal Lifelinein Warrington, PA
- Animal Welfare Association in Voorhees, NJ
- Burlington County Animal Shelter in Westampton, NJ
- Camden County Animal Shelterin Sewell, NJ
- Dakin Humane Society in Springfield, MA
- Father John’s Animal House in Lafayette, NJ
- Gloucester County Animal Shelterin Clayton, NJ
- Humane Society of Atlantic County, Atlantic City, NJ
- Jersey Shore Animal Centerin Brick, NJ
- Monmouth County SPCA in Eatontown, NJ
- Pleasant Animal Shelter in East Hanover, NJ
- Monadnock Humane Society in Swanzey, NH
- New Hampshire SPCA in Stratham, NH
- Somerset Regional Animal Shelter in Bridgewater, NJ
- SAVE – A Friend to Homeless Animals in Princeton, NJ
- SPCA Serving Erie County in West Seneca, NY
- Voorhees Animal Orphanage in Voorhees, NJ
If you would more information about our rescue efforts or to donate, visit our website at www.sthuberts.org.