Second Chance Hurricane Assistance Continues with More Pets Coming In

Concern Continues for Sister Shelter in Puerto Rico

Second Chance Hurricane Assistance Continues with More Pets Coming In

Continuing with their mission to help animals affected by recent hurricanes, Second Chance Animal Services this week received an additional seven pets from Puerto Rico.  Second Chance has been a large presence on the assistance front for the recent back-to-back hurricanes.  It started with sending truckloads of supplies to hurricane ravaged Texas for pets in need, followed by 99 pets arriving from Florida in just 24 hours after Hurricane Irma.  Last week another 14 pets came in from Puerto Rico.  This week’s additional seven pets bring the total to 120 pets Second Chance has taken in through the hurricane recovery effort and the organization expects the need to continue.

 

“This is not a one and done situation” stated Sheryl Blancato, Executive Director.  “This is an unprecedented series of devastating natural disasters that has affected pets.  These are pets that were already in shelters in these areas and needed to get out so that the shelters there could recover and help pets needing shelter or for pets trying to reunite with their owners”.

 

Concern continues for their Operation Hope partner in Puerto Rico.  “Now that we have established communication with our sister shelter in Puerto Rico, there is even more work to do” Mrs. Blancato noted.  “We are working to help them as well as continue to take in pets that are being airlifted off the island.  These are pets that have no owners and need to get out of there”.

 

Second Chance is an emergency partner for the ASPCA, Humane Society of the United States, and several others.  They answer the call for help from many locations.  “The requests for help are hard to keep up with right now.  Our team is doing an amazing job despite being exhausted and our own supplies constantly running low.  We have had a lot of medical issues as well which have raised expenses for these missions over the $20,000. mark.  But we will keep going as long as we are needed until these places can get back on their feet” Blancato added.

 

A GoFundMe was set up to cover the costs of treating those animals, which was originally estimated at around $5,000.  The organization will now be facing additional costs to care for the latest rescued pets. Those interested in helping can visit www.gofundme.com/hurricanepetsatsecondchance or www.secondchanceanimals.org for more information.

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