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130 dogs and cats board a plane to meet their forever families

Imagine a flight with 130 pets on board. This dream scenario was a reality for lucky passengers on board a recent flight from Puerto Rico to New Jersey.

By Natasha James

Published on the 13/11/2020, 09:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:24

The unusual flight had been arranged by the Sato Project, an organisation dedicated to rescuing abandoned and mistreated dogs and cats in Puerto Rico.

While their main effort is to work to "achieve long-term change on the island through community outreach and vaccination and microchip programs," (as they explain on their Facebook page), they also seek forever homes for the animals they rescue. And, if those homes are in the United States, then a plane trip is in order.

Flying high

For this unusual flight, the Sato Project worked with US charities, Wings of Rescue and Greater Good to rescue animals from the streets and shelters of Puerto Rico and bring them to New Jersey to start new lives.

The best part is, by bringing these animals to the US, there’s now more room in the shelters of Puerto Rico to provide homes for more pets in need.

According to the Sato Project’s social media pages, “Not all the dogs get off the plane immediately ready for the caresses and cuddles. Sometimes they need a little help.”

A very happy ending

We’re pleased to say that they’re in exactly the right place to get that help and all 130 of these animals will be cared for and rehomed with loving families.

Happy travels furry friends!

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