200 Doomed Dogs Saved by Airlift to US

Abandoned dogs face uncertain futures in Puerto Rico, where poorly funded shelters, combined with low spaying and neutering rates, cause chronic overcrowding issues and higher rates of euthanization. More than 200 of these dogs were airlifted from Puerto Rico to the United States to give them a better chance at life.

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A dog is loaded into a charter plane to get airlifted to U.S. in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017. Various organizations have flown dogs out of Puerto Rico to the mainland in recent years but this latest effort is believe to be the largest in a single trip.
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A dog sits inside his kennel at the Villa Michelle Animal Shelter in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. This was one of 206 abandoned dogs that were flown from Puerto Rico to the U.S. mainland in an airlift organized by a coalition of rescue groups working to ease an overpopulation problem on the island has that resulted in almost certain death for stray and abandoned animals.
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Volunteers organize dogs in kennels at airport prior to get airlifted to U.S. in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Aug. 22, 2017. The dogs were checked by veterinarians, taken to the San Juan airport and then flown in two planes provided by a group called Wings of Rescue.
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Dogs from the San Francisco de Asis Animal Sanctuary stand in kennels inside a van, in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico in this Aug. 22, 2017 photo. The dogs are a wide mix of breeds and sizes and range from puppies to seniors.
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Volunteers load dogs in kennels into a charter plane to get airlifted dogs to U.S. in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Aug. 22, 2017. About two dozen dogs ended up at the shelter run by the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, where they waited in the air-conditioned pens for whatever comes next.
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CVolunteers of the visit the San Francisco de Asis Animal Sanctuary in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, on Aug. 22, 2017. Puerto Rico has struggled with dog overpopulation for years due to factors that included poorly funded shelters and the fact that many people neglect to get their pets spayed or neutered.
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In this Aug. 22, 2017 photo, a volunteer carries a dog from the San Francisco de Asis Animal Sanctuary to a van to be transported to the airport to get airlifted to the U.S., in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico. The dogs were a wide mix of breeds and sizes and ranged from puppies to seniors.
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In this Aug. 22, 2017 photo, volunteers load empty dog crates into a truck to airlift dogs to the U.S. in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. The dogs were a wide mix of breeds and sizes and ranged from puppies to seniors.
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Alba Crivello, 7, separated by a glass door, sits and plays with puppies secured inside a kennel at the Animal Haven animal shelter, Thursday Aug. 24, 2017, in New York. The puppies are among new arrivals of abandoned dogs flown out of Puerto Rico that is struggling with a pet overpopulation problem, worsen by a financial crisis that has prompted many people to abandon animals. "They came here to be happy and have fun," said Crivello.
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Puppies look out from behind a kennel's glass door as they play at the Animal Haven animal shelter, Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, in New York. The puppies are among new arrivals of abandoned dogs flown out of Puerto Rico that is struggling with a pet overpopulation problem, worsen by a financial crisis that has prompted many people to abandon animals.
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