In 2017, The Hometown Foundation, Inc. further expanded our work in the animal welfare community. After the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Maria, The Hometown Foundation, Inc. knew that something had to be done to help the misplaced and homeless animal populations of Texas and Puerto Rico. With help from our community partner, Bozzuto’s, Inc. we were able to load tractor trailers filled with 80,000 pounds of pet food, medical supplies, and water to deliver to the affected areas.
In Florida, planes were loaded with donated supplies and delivered to Puerto Rico rescue operations. However, the decimated infrastructure and limited shelter options on the island lead to taking further action. Instead of bringing empty planes home, after the supplies were delivered, the planes returned with more than 800 animals that were transferred to local rescues for medical treatment and proper care that they desperately needed, before finding their forever homes.
In 2018, The Hometown Foundation, Inc. continued its mission to help animals affected by natural disasters. When Hurricane Michael struck the Florida panhandle, The Foundation joined forces with our animal welfare partners, including Renee DiNino from iHeartRadio and Paws Pet Resort and Spa, to collect donations of food, blankets, and supplies for the animals affected. These donations were loaded onto a tractor trailer and delivered to shelters in desperate need of help.