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Spring: One year ago

Spring: One year ago

Time goes by so fast when you are watching pups grow before your very eyes. From the moment they are saved from the hard life on the streets, they are learning to love, play, live with a family, and just be a dog! Before we know it, they’ve gone from street-dog, to shelter-dog, and finally, to being a part of a loving family.

To commemorate the spring, and new beginnings, here are some adoption stores from April of last year. Each of these lucky rescues were transported to Hearts and Tails Animal Alliance (HHTA), our absolute favorite destination rescue, and found their forever homes in New Hampshire.


Cookie with a student from EDIC College Veterinary Assistant School

Cookie was rescued March 18, 2018, along with her boyfriend Pepe, a black and white pitbull mix. That same night, at the veterinary office, Cookie gave birth to eight adorable puppies! She was an awesome mommy, especially when one of her little ones, Percy, got sick. Percy had low platelets and had to be kept away from his mom and his siblings for a little bit. But once he was put on medication, he began eating again, and Cookie was able to visit him.

Cookie was kept inside at the shelter, and loved being around people. When her name was called, her tail would start wagging and she would look up at you with her sweet doe eyes.

Cookie with parents

Cookie was transported to HHTA in October 2018. She was adopted by Cindy and Jay Brown, who came to the rescue specifically to meet her. They have grandchildren and were concerned about bringing a dog into the family. Always a lady, Cookie handled her new home beautifully, and the entire Brown family fell in love with her. Congratulations Cookie Brown!



Scruffy arrived at the shelter late April at about 1 year old. He immediately fit right in and was completely comfortable. Running around the shelter with his buds Mali and Buddy was his favorite thing. Scruffy was a shelter favorite for Shelter Director Adrienne Galler, but she was thrilled when he was adopted!

On January 14, 2019, Scruffy was transported to HHTA. He was adopted less than 2 weeks later by his new mom, Kathy, who named him Finn. Since Scruffy loves to play, we know he’s probably very happy just this moment running around with his canine sister Zoe.


Kai at shelter

Kai was rescued by our shelter manager Betsy, who found her chained up in the hot April sun, and without food or water. Kai’s mangnetism made her an instant shelter favorite, and her departure was bitter sweet.

Before adoption, Kai went to a foster family in San Juan, P.R. (Special thanks to the Tobin/Montalvo family for making her feel extra special). She participated in a fashion show and an online fan sent her a new bed! She even had a story written up about her by the staff at Power Speak Pros!

Kai took her freedom flight to HHTA in December 2018. When she arrived in New Hampshire, HHTA received quite a few adoption applications for her.

Kai with family

It was finally the Clawson family that would call Kai their own! Since January of this year, she has had a new daddy, Tom; a new mom Chrissy; and a two-legged sibling, TJ! She also has a canine sibling, Roxy, who has welcomed Kai into the family as well.


Mimi came into the shelter in April 2018, originally as a surrogate mommy for 10 puppies whose mom wasn’t feeding them. She was brought in by a rescuer who promised to take her back after the puppies could eat on their own. We were up to 80 dogs at the time, 3 litters of puppies, and could not take another dog.

However, when it came time, we could not give Mimi up! She was so easy and lovable, we decided to keep her before finding her an adopter.

Mimi was transported to HHTA in December 2018 and adopted by Tim in January 2019. Tim actually contacted Hearts and Tails looking for a puppy. But when he arrived at the shelter and spent some time with Mimi, he knew she was the one.

Not only was Tim looking for a friend for himself, but also for his fiance, Ally. Now Mimi (renamed Agnes) has this loving couple just to herself.

If you know of a rescue or shelter in the United States that accepts dogs from outside their district, and you think they would make a great destination partner, please let us know. We would love to make more connections. There are only so many homes here in Puerto Rico, and too many stray dogs. Transporting is expensive, but it is also necessary to completing our mission.

That’s all for now! Donate to our Fund the Shelters Challenge below; we rescue everyday. And see you next time.

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Become a Foster!

Become a Foster!

Foster parents are a vital part of our organization. Fosters give rescues the experience of a life in a loving home where they learn to establish a positive bond with a home and a family. Additionally, fosters allow for more rescuing as there is more space in the shelter, and we can dedicate our time to more rescues. Meet some of our current foster parents and their dogs!

Mercy and Pamela

Mercy with foster parents

Mercy had been at the shelter for eleven months already! Why, you ask? She’s just a little shy. She’s submissive, and gets along perfectly with other dogs, but is hesitant with people.

When Pamela and her boyfriend visited with the Pre-Veterinarian Association of Inter Metro College, they both met Mercy. Pamela knew this dog should be given a change to get out of the shelter as soon as possible, and made it her mission to see it happen! Mercy went home with her in March.

We have news that Mercy is doing wonderfully at her new home. She has a doggie sibling, and has learned to love the couch. If you are interested in meeting Mercy and possibly giving her a loving forever home, don’t hesitate to fill out our adoption application.

We are sure Pamela will be able to give you tips for helping Mercy become the happy pet she was always meant to be!

Pete and Jean

Pete was found by Mimi roaming in Levittown, PR, where Mimi’s mother lives. When she would visit her mother, Mimi would often see Pete. According to neighbors, he had been there for about 2 months. Mimi began to feed him and listed Pete on Find My Dog. Nobody claimed him.

One day Pete was attacked by another stray, a German Shepard. Pete had deep puncture wounds. Mimi and her mom took in both Pete and the German Shepard (they became good friends). The dogs were vaccinated and neutered. The German Shepard was adopted; Pete remained.

Next thing you know, he’s being fostered by Jean, an attorney living in Santurce, PR.


Jean recently moved to Puerto Rico from Philadelphia, PA. In Philly, Jean has a four-year old rescue joining her in June. She misses dog companionship though! Naturally, she took in Pete. ­čÖé

He loves his new set-up. Pete is always smiling, and we even found out he’s not a cupcake lover. Strange, right, but good to know he won’t steal your cupcakes.


Join the fun and become a foster yourself!

  • We cover all approved vet costs.
  • We give you a crate, if needed.
  • Your dog friend comes with a collar and leash (exercise is important!)
  • If you need dog food, you get that too!
  • Any medications the dog may be taking, including flea/tick shampoo if needed.
  • We cover all emergency or pre-approved veterinary costs, and will give you the information of the vet we regularly use.
  • We ask you take your foster to any adoption events or veterinary appointments. You can also drop him or her off at the shelter beforehand.
  • Give us prior notice (a week is good) to seek a new foster parent or make room in the shelter if you can no longer care for your foster, or if you are going on vacation and need to leave him/her with us for that time.

Become a foster parent!

  • Take pictures, give updates, and if you post in social media, get that dog up there! This will help us get your foster a forever home sooner– which will make everyone happy ­čÖé
  • Once there is a potential adoption, we ask that you are available for meet-and-greets with the adopter (or take the dog to the shelter where the dog and the adopter can get to know each other). Any feedback you may have on the adoption being a success is appreciated– you part of the process as well.

We try to get all our rescues into foster homes if able. That way adoption is not such a “new” and perhaps scary experience for a rescue. They’ll already know how to receive love and attention in a home.

Sound good to you? Fill out a foster application today!

And don’t forget to donate, so abandoned pets can continue finding their homes.

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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!


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!

Sofocl├ęs (rehomed as Ozzy)

Sofocl├ęs entered the shelter in October 2018. He was rescued by a college student named Javier. Sofocl├ęs 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 Sofocl├ęs. 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
Sofocl├ęs 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 ­čśë

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 Pi├▒ones 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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