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Pooches in the sun, pooches in the snow… We love them all!

Pooches in the sun, pooches in the snow… We love them all!

As many of you know, we transport most of our rescues to no-kill shelters or humane organizations in the United States. One of our core shelter partners is Hearts and Tails Animal Alliance (HTAA), located in the state of New Hampshire.

Each sato transported to HTAA has found a happy home either in New Hampshire or in a nearby state. This post is dedicated to a few rescues who have left the sun of Puerto Rico to live in a snowy wonderland. We wish we could read their mind and get their thoughts!

Sandy (rehomed as Cinnamon)


Sandy, now “Cinnamon”, at her new snow-home!

This sweet island girl was born in April of 2018, from mommy Blanca, who gave birth right before entering the shelter. She had 10 sato siblings, the last of which just left on their forever flight yesterday, March 15th/ (Blanca is still looking for her forever home. Adopt here!)

Cinnamon was transported to HTAA in February 2019. (We suspect that the New Hampshire cold didn’t phase her because of her big, warm, cinnamon-y heart!) When Holly Mobari saw this pretty girl’s photo, she knew this sato was THE ONE, and she and her son Jayden made their way over HTAA to meet her, asap!

sandy

Jayden knelt down and played with Cinnamon. Then looked up at his mom and as said with his eyes, “I’ve fallen in love with her.” It was plain to see that this was a match made in heaven!

Cinnamon is now at home in the loving arms of her momma and daddy, Holly and Joe; her siblings, Jayden, Jeremy and Allison; as well as her Guinea Pig brother, Cosmo! Congratulations to the Mobari family and happy life sweet Cinnamon! Love to the max!

Sofoclés (rehomed as Ozzy)

Sofoclés entered the shelter in October 2018. He was rescued by a college student named Javier. Sofoclés was wondering around his college campus and was so friendly, letting all the kids touch him. But everyone slowly moved on, leaving only Javier and Sofoclés. Unlike the other students, Javier could not just play with this joyful pup, and leave him there.

Instead, he took the 6-month old pup to the vet, where Sophocles got sterilized and vaccinated. Javier also tried his best to find the pup a home, but was running out of time and could not keep the dog. So, he contacted us, and we were more than happy to be a part of the chain that would result in a forever home for Sofo. And that is just what happened!

sofocles in shelter
Sofoclés at the shelter during our shelter cleanup on Saturdays. (c) Dominik Fleischmann

Sofo traveled to HTAA in January 14, and was adopted one month later by Laura and James. The moment they saw him, they knew that this was the boy who would fill their hearts with joy for the rest of his days. Being an athletic couple, they quickly formed a bond with this agile pup. Though he arrived to New Hampshire right in the middle of snow season, the cold, white stuff was no obstacle for this sato, who navigated over the snow mounds with style and grace.

Congratulations Laura and James, and a HUGE Thank You to Javier, for dedicating time, financial resources, and love to Sofo and his rescue. <3

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Betty Boop (rehomed as Caliza); Cazie for short 😉

Betty was born March 2018, of mommy Cookie. All Betty’s little brothers and sisters, as well as the mom, were transported to HTAA. Betty’s transport date was in November of 2018.

She was always beautiful, but the cold has treated her well! She will be part of a full house. She’s got her momma, Wendy Fulton; her daddy, Andy; her 4 hoo-man siblings Bethany, Emily, Rebecca, & Gillian; her furpal doggy sister, Allegh; and furpal kitty siblings, Cobble, Stri, and Rangley. Not including the plethora of rabbits and chickens! OMG! But nothing a sato cannot handle. Congratulations to all, and happy life sweet Cazie!

Waggy (rehomed as Wilson) 

Waggy (now Wilson) bundled up in New Hampshire

Waggy was rescued in February 2019 and quickly transported to HTAA that same month. While he did not get the full Piñones shelter experience,WE got the full Waggy experience! It was impossible not to love his refreshing take of life, his out-going personality, and his interest in others.

Waggy at Amigos de los Animales

It was no surprise he took the HTAA shelter by storm! All of the lovely ladies (female dogs) in the shelter were instantly smitten with him. He exuded confidence and kindness, and showed the fearful pups that being outside in the snow can be fun!

Wilson got his forever home when Jamie Fintonis walked through the door of HTAA. It was a apparent to all that Wilson had found his mom!
Congratulations to Wilson and his new family — momma, Jamie; daddy, Peter, hoo-man siblings, Emily, Shaun, and Shelby, and fur-sister, Rosie!

Until next time… More pups, more stories!

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More Friends, More Fun!

More Friends, More Fun!

We’ve made some new friends over the past year, and want to share our stories (and pictures) with you. It is a great experience for the dogs when groups of volunteers come for the day, bringing fun, pets and goodies.

Students from Commonwealth-Parkville School have always come to our Saturday Clean-ups and given of their time to make sure the pups have clean crates for the week. But we were thrilled to learn that student Natasha San Miguel had organized a casual day with all proceeds were donated to ADLA. “Wear Blue for the Animal Lover in You” took place March 2, 2018 That day, students could forgo their uniform and instead wear blue in support of animal rescue. 

Another school we have grown close to over the past years is Saint John’s School. These students have also been a big help on Saturdays. Some have even chosen to become parents and take an ADLA dog home with them for good.

The Community Service Club of Saint John’s is student-run and provides opportunities for young people to work together in the service of different causes. For the first semester of the school year, the club elected ADLA as their cause of choice. Throughout the semester, the students organized different initiatives to get the word out there (rescue, foster, adopt… don’t shop). They organized fundraisers for our benefit, including: a bake sale, a movie night, a Halloween Party, and, for the gran finale: a fashion show featuring the dogs!   

And when it comes to getting hands-on with the dogs, students from EDIC College Veterinary Assistant Program are superstars! They come regularly to do check-ups, help deparasite, bathe and groom the dogs.

Here is a clip of Allison– still at the shelter and awaiting her big adoption day– getting a bath and check-up from two of the students.

We recently blogged about the University of Puerto Rico’s animal welfare club Patita Amiga, and their commitment to improving the quality of life of our dogs with regular walks, as well as donating food and supplies. Who we haven’t mentioned are the Jaguares from the university’s Carolina campus, and students from the university’s School of Medicine.

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You might now know that we are starting to schedule regular beach clean-ups. So, we were thrilled when the leadership and camaraderie-building group Creando Contigo with Coach JoAiris not only sign up and helped clean Piñones Beach, but also walked dogs and donated supplies. A full and fun day!

And who could we count on to come ready to work? Volunteer teams from Americorps NCCC are ready and willing to come regularly on Saturday for our clean-ups. With their help, the dogs crates smell nice and clean for the week. Teams also took part in the Shelter Rebuild by painting the interior of the shelter. Thanks guys!

Finally, we were so excited when volunteer Yathzary Albizu approached us with her plan to get a group of university-aged dog lovers together to come and walk the dogs, as well as donate supplies for the shelter. Yathzary’s group visited us December 18th. She had some getting-to-know-you games prepared, brought snacks, the dogs were walked, and received lots of donated goodies. Thank you Yathzary and friends!

We know we have many volunteers come by and do not always get the chance to document the fun with pictures and videos. So, send us yours!

And, if you aren’t volunteering yet, what are you waiting for? Fill out a volunteer application today!