CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46) - Over 200 dogs from Puerto Rico flew into the United States on Wednesday looking for homes. Growing up in Puerto Rico, I can tell you first hand, cats and dogs are everywhere, regardless of if they have owners or not.
"Things in Puerto Rico with in animal welfare have not been as progressive as some of the part of the U.S. so thankfully there are national organizations that are starting to make a presence," Vice President of Operations at the Humane Society of Charlotte Huck Nawaz said.
The Humane Society of the United States is now stepping in to help the local rescues in Puerto Rico with the overpopulation problem by bringing dogs like Esteban to the Carolinas and giving them a new lease on life in Florida and North Carolina.
The Humane Society wouldn't have taken in these dogs, if they didn't have space. Last week, they completely cleared the shelters and that's why they were able to take on 21 dogs from Puerto Rico.
"The timing worked out really well in that the other shelters we work with, Mecklenburg county, Cleveland county, Lincoln county, all the surrounding counties, they all participated in “Clean the Shelters” as well. So, there was a reduction in the local need for this week," Nawaz said.
Many of these dogs are expected to be put up for adoption within the next week and will probably be placed in their new homes quickly. The down side, if there is one, these dogs are taking kennels that could be filled with local North Carolina animals. Still, the Humane Society sees bringing these dogs from Puerto Rico as an opportunity to showcase that there are plenty of loving animals that need homes.
"All the other people that will come through and walk the shelter, it will give a lot of these local dogs a chance to go home too," Nawaz said.