Donate directly to this wish or participate in our Defensa My Puerto Rican Rescue Photo Contest to help us get them to their Furever Families! Don't have your own PR rescue to enter? That's okay .. enter one of our Poundwishes Animals as yours, use our photos even!! That's totally within the rules and super fine by us!!!! Amazing prizes and what is raised goes 100% to the rescued animals - your winnings can go towards any animal or towards furever homes - you decide! Enter or vote at "https://www.gogophotocontest.com/defensamypuertoricanrescue2018"
The most challenging task we face other than finding the animals in our care loving, forever homes, is paying for their travel expenses.
Before Hurricane Maria hit there was an estimate 500,000 abandoned animals living the streets of Puerto Rico. That number has grown extensively since the hurricane. Residents of the island are fleeing in record numbers leaving their animals behind. Intact animals are roaming the streets adding to the population by the day looking for food and a safe place to sleep. The cycle has no end in sight. The dozens of rescue groups and independent rescuers on the island are overwhelmed.
Which is why we need YOUR HELP -
Most often we chose to fly the animals off the island because their chances for a better life are so much greater but the cost to send a dog or a cat to the states is extremely expensive as well as time consuming.
A rough estimate of the costs for 1 dog (it will vary by size/weight of dog)
Vet health Certificate $20-$25
Flight $400 (40lb dog)
AVERAGE COST just to get them on a plane! $525 EACH
This number does not include food, gas to drive to the airport and the much needed time from volunteers!!!
Our goal is to send more animals off the island to areas where they are highly adoptable and will live a life they all deserve.
We can't do that without YOUR help and donations.
PLEASE consider helping us end the cycle of unwanted, neglected and abandoned animals on the Island of Puerto Rico!