Tito’s vodka helps 300 pets find forever homes in the US

On Saturday, August 27, Wings of Rescue transported 300 homeless pets and abandoned animals from Puerto Rico to White Plains, New York and Portland, Maine. Austin-based Tito’s craft vodka footed most of the bill.

Using two planes, 165 dogs and 135 cats left the crowded streets, beaches and shelters of Puerto Rico to settle forever in the United States. Puerto Rico’s shelters have a euthanasia rate of between 94 and 96 percent. Sixty of the dogs had families waiting for them at airports.

Tito’s runs a program called Vodka for Dog People, which aims to help pets, and whose recent mixer, Dogs Named Tito, provided much of the funding for the theft. A New York-based rescue program called The Sato Project helped coordinate the event.

Puerto Rico has a serious overcrowding and pest problem.

Photo by Alexandra Lloyd, courtesy of The Sato Project

“Project Sato and the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland are some of the best rescue groups in the country,” said Wings of Rescue President Ric Browde, “and we are fortunate to have financial support for these missions. from the pet-friendly team at Tito’s Handmade Vodka, who, along with our fellow supporters, are committed to saving lives and generating happy endings.

On one of the flights from San Juan to White Plains, where both planes landed before one continued to Maine, was Beth Bellanti Pander, program manager for Tito’s Vodka for Dog People. She was accompanied by a rescue dog named Tito, who served as the day’s mascot. He heads to a shelter in Manhattan to find his next home.

“Tito’s Handmade Vodka is dedicated to helping our furry friends find safety from crowded shelters and potential storms in Puerto Rico,” Pander said. “Wings of Rescue and Project Sato have a huge impact on animal rescue and we are grateful to support their missions. After many years of working together, I can’t wait to jump on my first transport flight with a pup named Tito and his friends, and bring them one step closer to finding their forever homes.

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