ASPCA, Wings of Rescue Join Forces to Fly 51 Animals Impacted by Hurricane Maria from St. Croix to Florida

Wings of Rescue pilots continue life-saving airlifts to transport displaced animals from ASPCA emergency shelter to Florida rescue groups; animals to be made available for adoption
October 25, 2017

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.—The ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) and Wings of Rescue have joined forces again to transport homeless animals displaced by Hurricane Maria to animal shelters throughout Florida where they will be made available for adoption. A total of 51 homeless cats and dogs will be transported and placed with three animal shelters in Florida, including Humane Society of Broward County, Humane Society of Vero Beach & Indian River County, and Nate's Honor Animal Rescue where these animals will be given second chances to find safe and loving homes.

The animals have been cared for at an ASPCA emergency shelter for over a month and will be airlifted by Wings of Rescue on October 26. The ASPCA and Wings of Rescue have been instrumental in helping relocate shelter pets affected by the series of hurricanes and wildfires that destroyed many homes and shelters, leaving pets displaced and homeless.

“The ASPCA’s disaster response team in St. Croix is working tirelessly to care for displaced animals at our emergency shelter, and we’re pleased to partner with Wings of Rescue to relocate homeless animals to safety,” said Jessica Rushin, partnerships senior manager for ASPCA Field Investigations & Response. “The ASPCA has deployed more than 200 responders this year to assist communities impacted by hurricanes and wildfires throughout the U.S. and the Virgin Islands, and our collaborative efforts with partners like Wings of Rescue allow us to find safe and loving homes for homeless animals impacted by Hurricana Maria.”

Since late September, dozens of ASPCA responders have been working around the clock conducting field rescues and managing an emergency shelter in St. Croix. To date, more than 100 animals have received care at the ASPCA emergency shelter, and approximately 8,000 animals impacted by Hurricane Maria have been assisted by the ASPCA through the distribution of pet supplies. For the latest updates on the ASPCA's response, please visit