NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) - Hurricanes Harvey, Maria, and Irma took a major toll on the U.S. and U.S. territories in ways that still seem unimaginable. Many areas will never be the same. Thousands were left homeless – men, women, children, and animals, sometimes the forgotten ones.
When a disaster strikes, the ASPCA responds to assist with animal rescues. Jorge Ortega and his team flew from New York to Houston within hours of getting the call from FEMA.
Puerto Rico, by far, was the hardest hit area during this hurricane season. Maria devastated the island from end to end. Shelters that were already housing animals were among the buildings wiped out completely.
Many of those animals ended up at St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center in Madison, New Jersey. Working with its partners across the country, St. Hubert's helped relocate more than 1,000 animals from all three hurricanes.
The ASPCA said priority is placed on reuniting pets with their families during disasters. Animals are brought back when those reunions, sadly, become impossible. That then opens up the door for adoptions of animals that are ready for a new home
All the love that is waiting, regardless of how they got there.