For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Name: Emily Cook
Title: Manager, Marketing & Communications
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The Humane Society of Charlotte prepares for 
Hurricane Maria animal victims 

Unites with ASPCA and Cloud Nine Rescue Flights to Shelter Displaced Animals from St. Croix

CHARLOTTE, N.C.  - (December 18, 2017) - The Humane Society of Charlotte (HSC) will take part in rescuing dogs from St. Croix, to receive animals victims of Hurricane Maria. At the request of ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to AnimalsĀ®), the HSC will receive 16 dogs. In collaboration with ASPCA and  Cloud Nine Rescue Flights, the HSC team will assess and bring back these 16 dogs to the shelter here in Charlotte, North Carolina where they will be cared for and eventually find their forever homes.

The HSC is known for their work with the ASPCA, working to help animals in areas devastated by natural disasters, including a partnership with Operation Grey Muzzle in August to take in homeless pets from Puerto Rico.

"We are glad the timing aligned and we are in a position to assist with this rescue. HSC will be providing support by supplying a team ready to receive the transport here in Charlotte," said Huck Nawaz, Vice President of Operations of the Humane Society of Charlotte.

"While the ASPCA continues to provide daily care and support for hundreds of animals impacted by Hurricane Maria in St. Croix, we are continuously working to relocate homeless cats and dogs to the States where they can escape the devastation left behind by the storm to find safe and loving homes," said Jessica Rushin, partnerships senior manager for ASPCA Field Investigations & Response. 

"The ASPCA has helped transport nearly 300 homeless animals from its emergency shelter so far, and we are grateful to work with response partners like The Humane Society of Charlotte, to make this life-saving effort possible so these animals can move on to the next chapter in their lives."
Nearly 600 animals have been cared for at the ASPCA's emergency shelter, which was established after the largest animal shelter on the island was severely damaged by the storm and forced to temporarily halt operations. Since late September, more than 100 ASPCA responders have deployed to the devastated island to conduct field rescues and provide daily care for displaced animals at the emergency shelter.
For more information on when these animals will be made available for adoption at The Humane Society of Charlotte, please visit or contact or 704-377-0534.

When:             Monday, December 18, 2017 between 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Where:           2700 Toomey Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28203
Please contact Emily Cook at

The Humane Society of Charlotte is a community resource committed to improving the lives of companion animals through adoption, spay/neuter and education.  The Humane Society of Charlotte provides low-cost spay and neuter surgeries for cats and dogs to reduce pet overpopulation throughout the Carolinas.  The "space available" shelter provides pets with the love and attention they need to live happy and healthy lives while awaiting a new home.  The Humane Society of Charlotte is a non-profit organization that relies solely on private donations to achieve its mission.


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