Because of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico has so many adorable dogs in need of rescue. Animal shelter sources said many have been brought to New York for adoption.
“There are 28 dogs up for adoption at Animal Haven on the Lower East Side,” said Tiffany Lacey, executive director of the shelter.
“These animals are in dire need. It’s life or death down there,” Lacey urged. “Come in and adopt because you’re gonna be helping.”
The survivors were rescued from the island by charter plane and brought to the no-kill shelter, according to Lacy.
Some of the furry survivors include a pure-bred Shih Tzu, Great Dane, and a hound, which are available for adoption.
Some dogs were left at shelters by owners in the aftermath of the hurricane. Others were strays before the storm struck. and the raging storm worsened the country’s epidemic of homeless and starving pups.
“Even without a natural disaster, it is overwhelming. There’s a very high euthanasia rate. A lot of people are dumping animals,” Lacey said.
The Sato Project saved a total of 53 dogs. Some of which were brought to shelters elsewhere in the United States.
The rescue was funded by the John and Wendy Neu Family Foundation, which worked with The Sato Project. Anyone who wants to adopt a dog should contact the shelter at (212) 274-8511.
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