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NEW JERSEY — Forty dogs arrived in New Jersey this weekend looking for a new beginning.

The animals are part of ongoing-rescue efforts on the ground in earthquake-stricken Puerto Rico, where thousands have been displaced. In some cases, families have been forced to surrender their pets as they try to pick up the pieces of their own lives.

The Sato Project, an organization that finds homes for dogs in Puerto Rico, partnered with Wings of Rescue and to fly out more than 100 dogs from the island.

In addition to New Jersey, both dogs and cats were sent to Florida and Delaware in hopes of getting adopted.

The dogs — a mix of puppies and full grown – will spend the next few days decompressing and then will be available for adoption.

To learn more about adoption, visit the St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center website.