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'Operation Grey Muzzle' brings Homeless Puerto Rican Dogs to US Shelters, Including Naples

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Photo: Humane Society of Broward County.
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The Humane Society of the United States Humane launched “Operation Grey Muzzle” to alleviate overcrowding in under-funded, often windowless, and sometimes flooded shelters in Puerto Rico. This week 200 dogs were put on two planes, landing in Florida and North Carolina, to an effort to find new homes for the castaway canines.

The Humane Society of Naples is among five shelters in Florida taking in dogs from the rescue operation. There are 27 of them now at the shelter awaiting families to give them forever homes.

Kimberly Alboum, the shelter outreach and policy engagement director with the Humane Society of the United States, explains the impetus behind “Operation Grey Muzzle.”  

Also joining the show is Naples Humane Society director Patrice Worcester, and the shelter’s marketing coordinator, Rachael Johnston, about the influx of canines and being part of the national effort to re-home these Puerto Rican dogs. 

Matthew Smith is a reporter and producer of WGCU’s Gulf Coast Live.