Spanish-speaking homes sought for pets displaced by Maria

Cats, dogs coming from Puerto Rico, British VI

READING, Pa. - Dozens of cats and dogs displaced by Hurricane Maria will soon be seeking forever homes in Berks County.

Reading-based Humane Pennsylvania announced Tuesday that it will be receiving about 20 dogs and cats from Puerto Rico on Tuesday and another 25 from the British Virgin Islands within the next 48 hours.

All animals will be provided with veterinary care before being put up for adoption at the Humane Society of Berks County in the next week or two.

"These dogs and cats come from areas where Spanish is the primary language, and the majority of commands these animals learn are in Spanish," said Karel Minor, the president and CEO of Humane Pennsylvania. "Being able to place these animals into Spanish-speaking homes makes the transition easier for both the animals and the families adopting them."

To make room for the arriving pets, Humane Pennsylvania is waiving the adoption fees for all cats for the remainder of October.

"This is an emergency situation where it is imperative for us to place our current shelter animals in permanent homes so that we then have space to treat and house these incoming dogs and cats in need of immediate care," Minor said.

Normal adoption policies still apply. Questions about adoption can be directed to The Humane Society of Berks County at 610-921-2348 or The Humane League of Lancaster County at 717-393-6551.

As part of its efforts to transport the displaced pets and to provide them with veterinary care, housing, and adoption services, Humane Pennsylvania said it is accepting donations toward its Berks County Animal Response Team (Berks CART). You can visit to make a donation.

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