100 rescue dogs, cats from Puerto Rico pampered before being put up for adoption

Animals flown to South Florida after shelter destroyed by Hurricane Maria

By Todd Tongen - Anchor/Reporter

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Seventy-five rescue dogs and 25 rescue cats had a spa day Thursday, just a day after they were flown to Fort Lauderdale from Puerto Rico.

"This is actually the second group of animals that came from Save a Sato. Just less than two weeks ago we took in 94 animals, and they got adopted so quickly," Humane Society of Broward County spokeswoman Cherie Wachter said. "We just have four kittens left from that group."

The reason the animals are coming to South Florida is that Maria left the rescue organization's shelter without power and without a roof.

So the situation became dire.

"Prior to this storm, foster families took them into their homes so they could ride out the storm safely, and then they were brought back to the shelter so that they could find their forever homes," Wachter said.

Veterinarian technicians have been hard at work getting the animals ready for adoption, making sure they had all their vaccinations so animal lovers here can help the island from their own home.

Millie Depaoni is planning to get a new pet Friday.

Depaoni brought her two children from school to look for another rescue dog for the family. They already have a rescue dog and are certain they will find the right fit from this pack of puppies.

Wachter hopes others come out and adopt a new furry friends, too.

"I have to say, one is cuter than the next," she said. "We hope that the South Florida community is going to open up their hearts and their homes to these animals and give them the homes that they deserve."

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