Family Reunion

Last autumn, when the hurricanes hit, St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, New Jersey, was on the scene to lend the animals in the affected areas a helping hand.

Puerto Rico was hit especially hard. Thousands of families were without homes and needed to relocate to the mainland immediately. Many had no way to bring their pets with them.

Puerto Rico Animal Unite has removed the barriers of transportation and finances standing in the way of reuniting families and their pets. Their goal: to help 1000 pets leave the island over the next 6 months with the support from the JPB Foundation. St. Hubert’s is honored to be the lead partner and hub site in this effort

On a typical relocation day, St. Hubert’s staff members met before sunrise and made their way to the airport in Puerto Rico, where they helped dogs and cats board the plane.

PR loading dogs

Hours later, on final approach to Morristown Airport, they flew over St. Hubert’s Madison campus.

PR St H from air

The plane landed and vans carried the four-legged passengers to our shelter where families were waiting.

PR plane landing

PR reunion sign

And what an emotional reunion it was.

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There were hugs, kisses, and wagging tales.

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And Kleenex everywhere.

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Pets, whose families are not in the area, will leave St. Hubert’s and arrive at airports across the U.S. and into the arms of their humans.

In addition to St. Hubert’s the follow participants helped make this warm and fuzzy welcome possible…

El Faro de los Animales, Puerto Rico

The JPB Foundation

Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County

Austin Humane Society

Dallas Companion Animal Project

Turbo Tails Transport

The Canine Solution Transport

Pazos Jet Aviation

Signature Flight Support

And, of course, Puerto Rico Animal Unite and the JPB Foundation.

Anyone who has relocated to the mainland following Hurricane Maria and is waiting to reunite with a four-legged family member should contact Puerto Rico Animal Unite at or visit #mypetbelongswithme.

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