TAMPA, FL–If Kathy and Tony could talk, they might recount how their homeland of Puerto Rico was ravaged by Hurricane Maria, the 10th most intense Atlantic hurricane on record.
They might describe how their owners’ homes were swept away by floods or demolished by 175 mph winds. They might even relate heartbreaking tales of owners who were among the 499 Puerto Ricans who lost their lives when the hurricane crashed into the island territory on Sept. 19.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Kathy and Tony are among thousands of dogs found wandering the streets of Puerto Rico or given up by owners who no longer had homes in which to keep their pets.
In the two months since, the Humane Society of Puerto Rico in Guaynabo has been able to reunite many pets with their owners. But as more homeless pets remain unclaimed at the shelter, the staff has reached out …