These animals can put their life of abuse or abandonment behind and join their new forever families.
For Valentine's Day this year, several families saw love arriving on four legs in a special flight just for them. Around 200 homeless dogs and cats were united with their new families on the day of love.
Truly spreading the love for Valentine's Day, two organizations—The Sato Project and Wings of Rescue—joined forces to execute the "Love Is in the Air" mission and fly abandoned and abused animals from Puerto Rico to the United States. These animals were taken from unfavorable conditions and flown into mainland United States to become part of their new forever families.
"All of the dogs on this flight were rescued from the streets of Puerto Rico, saved from a severe hoarding situation, abandoned, or pulled from overburdened animal shelters impacted by recent earthquakes," The Sato Project said in a press release, as quoted by People.
The nonprofit added, "These healthy, friendly pets have been in supervised care for a minimum of 8 weeks, completed a mandatory 30-day quarantine period, been tested for and certified free of infectious and contagious disease, are vaccinated and spayed or neutered. All pets traveling will have health certificates signed by licensed veterinarians."
With help from Tito's Handmade Vodka, the wonderful folks behind the mission prepared for the trip on February 13 and safely loaded the animals onto the aircraft before takeoff. By February 14, the animals set their paws in New York and were on their way to their new lives.
"The day was cold, but our hearts were certainly warm. For all 201 of our new arrivals yesterday (and, we hope, for all of YOU who helped make their dreams come true) this was certainly a Valentine’s Day weekend to remember forever," The Sato Project wrote on Facebook.
The nonprofit, Wings of Rescue, which flies animals from overcrowded shelters or at-risk shelters in disaster areas to safer places, also partnered with other organizations to add more flights to the "Love Is in The Air" program.
Wings of Rescue kicked off their "Love Is In The Air" Valentine's week "flyorama" by flying 31 dogs from Hobbs New Mexico to Loveland Colorado with help from ASPCA on February 11. Then, on February 12, they helped transport 59 dogs and 20 cats from severely overcrowded shelters in the Bahamas to their new homes in Florida, according to their Facebook page.
Taking the initiative to pull out animals from euthanasia lists and from hoarding situations in overburdened shelters, these organizations have delivered love in a cart for many families in the US while the dogs and cats have found their safe haven to start their new life.
"Now all of those memories are long behind them and they will have nothing but warm beds, healthy food, and a lifetime of love ahead. 60 of these lucky dogs even got to meet their forever families directly at the airport," The Sato Project wrote on their website. They are still accepting donations for the program and are sending special Sato Valentine Cards that you can download or print for yourself or for a loved one. The nonprofit said the card can serve as a "special reminder of the life-changing journey that you helped make possible."