In response to the continued devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, a team of two staff members from the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA (CASPCA) will travel to Miami International Airport to assist with the transport and rescue of over 20 puppies and dogs from the St. Croix Animal Welfare Center. The CASPCA has partnered with Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society (GMHS), an open-admission, non-profit shelter. GMHS is working with Island Dog Rescue to airlift island dogs to Miami for placement into rescue. Hurricane Maria destroyed the St. Croix Animal Welfare Center, and although efforts have been made to rebuild, it has been a struggle to raise the necessary funds. St. Croix has struggled to place these animals in need due to a low population density on the island; there are more animals than homes able to adopt.
The team will depart for the 15-hour drive to Miami on Friday, June 29th with the goal of saving as many animals affected by the storm as possible.