Governor signs executive order extending Puerto Rico animal crisis aid
SAN JUAN – The Humane Society on Tuesday welcomed Gov. Ricardo Rosselló’s extension of an executive order he signed in October, enabling the organization to continue its disaster relief work with animals in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
The Humane Society and its partners have provided veterinary care to animals affected by the storm, including “holding mass spay/neuter and equine clinics, providing animal food and enrichment supplies, as well as supporting the residents of Puerto Rico,” the animal protection nonprofit organization said in a release Tuesday.
The extension authorizes the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International and their agents, representatives and partners to continue to provide care, transport and veterinary animal health assistance for an additional 18 months.
“During this critical time of recovery and rebuilding, the people and Government of Puerto Rico are grateful to The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International for their unwavering commitment to caring for thousands of animals and their owners affected by Hurricane Maria,” Rosselló is quoted in the release.
The Humane Society explained that animal welfare program Humane Puerto Rico was launched three years ago, expanding programs and partnerships on the island. “This disaster response work is a crisis-driven expansion of that program,” the organization wrote.
“We are committed more than ever to helping the people and animals of Puerto Rico,” said Kitty Block, acting president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States and president of Humane Society International. “But the crisis in Puerto Rico is so extreme and severe that it requires all of us in our nation to rally.”