Hurricane Response: Picking Up the Pieces

By Emma Koeniger, Content and Digital Media Coordinator


The 2017 hurricane season ravaged the islands of Puerto Rico, St. Thomas and St. Martin, among many other communities. Animal welfare organizations in these areas were left without power, food for their animals, stable shelter and proper refrigeration for medication and supplies.

Rebuilding after the hurricanes passed was difficult and expensive. SPCA International reached out to organizations located in these devastated communities to help them rebuild. In Puerto Rico and St. Martin, I Love My Island Dog, El Faro de los Animales, Island Dog Inc. and Amigos de Los Animales received over $50,000 in grants through our Disaster Relief Fund. These grants will help them reconstruct their shelters, provide urgent medical care, and acquire food and clean water for the animals in their care. 

SPCA International was also able to deliver many pallets of veterinary supply aid to St. Thomas Humane Society. These medical supplies will help them care for the animals in their shelter as they continue their life-saving work.

These grants and supply shipments would not have been possible without the support of our loyal donors. Because of them, we are able to help shelters affected by natural disasters continue their essential work for the animals in their communities.

In late 2017 SPCA International also provided Disaster Relief Fund grants to animal welfare organizations located in Florida and Texas in response to the devastation caused by the hurricane season.