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ADLA’s volunteer Dominik featured in The Sato Times
The Sato Times cover with Dominic, volunteer at ADLA

Dominik Flechmann studies at the University of Applied Sciences of Berlin. Part of his study, he did an internship at ADLA. He served as a volunteer at the shelter and in exchange for that he got a place to stay and as many pizza’s as he could eat.

The work at the shelter is not easy: getting up early to clean, give food, socialize with the dogs, taking the animals to the vet and all the work involved in taking care of 50 dogs. Adri went one day to pick up Dominik’s pizza, but first stopped at the veterinarian to pick up Justin, a dog that was hit by a car and almost died. And that was the day that Dominik met his new best friend.

Read more about Dominik and Justin

You can read the full story here, unfortunately there is only a Spanish version.

Source: The Sato Times


Street dogs - Traer ScottBeautiful Book Street Dogs by Traer Scott

Fine arts photographer Traer Scott traveled to Mexico and Puerto Rico to capture remarkable and soulful photographs of dogs living alone or in packs on city streets. ADLA was fortunate to be able to assist Traer in getting portraits and field shots for her remarkably beautiful second book.

Read more about Street Dogs


A book any dog lover should read!

A dogs purpose

We LOVE the books of Bruce Cameron. A Dog’s purpose is an emotional story about a dog that is trying to find the purpose of life through the course of several lives. He finds himself reborn a few times and every time he finds a new goal in life. It gives you a (possible) glance in the perception of a dog.

A Dog’s journey is the sequel to A Dog’s purpose, which is again a book that you will find yourself reading it every time you can!!




“Gulf Coast Dog” magazine about ADLA’s Chris Driscoll’s work on Dead Dog Beach

Gulf Coast magazine

Situated along the southeast coast of Puerto Rico, lies Yabucoa. The animals abandoned or born on the Yabucoa coast are destined to die a painful death. On a daily basis, animals are being poisoned, butchered or beaten to their demise. They call this place DEAD DOG BEACH.
Read the whole article.


“Beba” for First Family Dog

Investigative journalist Jane Velez-Mitchell helped ADLA launch a media campaign that took on epic proportions in Puerto Rico. ‘The nomination of Puerto Rico’s candidate “Beba” for First Family Dog’, when Jane showed Beba on her television show ‘Issues With Jane Velez-Mitchell’.

BebaWhen Mr. President Barack Obama said he would adopt a mixed-breed, rescued, hypoallergenic dog for his daughters, ADLA jumped into action and scooped up Beba (a Chihuahua mix) and her two siblings from a shelter parking lot where they were abandoned and suffering. Understanding the First Family wouldn’t be ready for their dog until the spring, Beba and her siblings had plenty of time to recuperate and fully recover. Amigos de los Animales wrote a letter to the First Family presenting Beba.

Unfortunately, the First Family opted for a designer dog, and Beba’s hopes of darting to and fro on the front lawn of The White House were dashed.

Beba went on to become one of the most famous dogs in Puerto Rico, appearing on television and in newspapers and on websites. Beba currently lives in NYC with her guardians Jon & Kerilyn von Pamer and brother ‘Otto’ and is ‘paying it forward’ by helping advertise pet adoption events.

Here’s a collection of some of our favorite articles written about Amigos de los Animales and the Shelter and available online:

Cada Ladrido la Motiva a Continuar su Misión

Many of Puerto Rico’s stray, abused pets live in peril (published August 31, 2008 in The Sentinel)