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Dog Who Lost Family In Hurricane Maria Can’t Believe She’s Seeing Them Again

Daya’s life, like those of many dogs, was thrown into disarray when Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico last September. She’d gotten separated from her family and, as weeks turned to months, it must have seemed as though she’d be lost forever.

Recently, however, Daya’s family, who have since moved to Massachusetts, learned that Daya had finally been found. She was being flown to the mainland and driven to meet them at Second Chance Animal Services, near their new home.


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Puerto Rico Animal Unite

Daya, of course, had no idea who would be awaiting her.

“She was really shy,” Diane Tillotson, marketing manager for the shelter, told The Dodo. But then Daya recognized a familiar scent, and that all changed.

The moment the nervous little dog realized it was her family, she was absolutely ecstatic.

The happy reunion was made possible by Puerto Rico Animal Unite and the St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, who arranged the transport needed to get Daya, and many dogs like her, back home where they belong.