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Every Saturday @ 9:00 AM – till 11:30 AM

Recurring Event – Free

Love Dogs? Looking for some outdoor activity after a week in the office or school? Every Saturday morning, rain or shine, we clean the Shelter to keep our doggies healthy, happy and clean.The Saturday Shelter Cleanup involves washing our doggies kennels, the floors of the inside patios where the kennels are kept, and food bowls. Tasks start at 9:00 AM and we go until 11:30 AM, perfect time for heading to the beach!

Image by Zack Roth / Paco peering out from the filigree

Come join us! 

  • The Saturday Shelter Cleanup involves washing our doggies kennels, the floors of the inside patios where the kennels are kept, and food bowls.
  • The Shelter is located at Bo. Torrecilla Baja, Carr. 187, KM 5.2, Sector Piñones, Loiza, Puerto Rico. Click here for location.
  • Tasks start at 9:00 AM and we go until 11:30 AM, perfect time for heading to the beach!
  • Our clean-up sessions count for your school’s volunteer hours.
  • All ages are welcome, but if you are under the age of 14, you must come accompanied by an adult.
  • All volunteers should also come in long pants and sneakers. Why? Well, the doggies reeeaallly look forward to your visits so there is a lot of action!
  • We use a lot of cleaning supplies and can always use more so we would appreciate anything you can bring to help: Clorox Bleach, contractor bags, and old newspapers to line the crates are always needed.
  • Please email adri@amigosdelosanimalespr.org and let us know you are signing up to come to which Saturday Clean-up or email it to us.

Perla Needs Us……….

6 yr old Perla was abandoned when her owner died.

6 yr old Perla was abandoned when her owner died. They had been together since she was a pup and they loved each other. Left outside to fend for herself, now she was depressed living on the street all alone for many months, when a car hit her and dragged her 30 feet. Hers was a poor neighborhood and Perla was left there on the curb with a broken back for weeks while a kind neighbor searched for someone to help her. We got the call so Renee, Angel and I went in search of Perla.

We had to lift Perla and keep her steady because she can’t walk. The red arrow on top shows where her back bone was broken and the arrow on the bottom shows where the lack of sensation affects her foot.

When we got to the neighborhood, all the neighbors came running out asking if we had come to help Perla. They took us to her hiding place in a filthy chicken coop where she had dragged herself for protection from the hot sun. She had a huge army of lice jumping off of her, and was full of fleas and ticks too.  

We covered her with a sheet and took her to our vet, Dr. Morales who used an entire spray bottle of FLEE to kill the lice before he could examine her. Perla had a broken spine and was in a LOT of pain!! He got the pain under control and the next day we went to see the surgeon to get his opinion. “Was there was anything we could do?” I asked Dr. Mongil. After a thorough examination, he told us that unfortunately with this severe of a break, her back being connected with only the nerves and soft tissue, the area was too delicate to operate. We would need to allow her to rest and then start doing therapy with her and hope she might be able to walk again some day.  

Perla the same day of her rescue, going with us to Dr. Morales’ office. We fed her some good food so she was feeling happy and grateful!
Sweet girl is here waiting patiently in severe pain, to finally get the care she needs. Hoping it was a broken leg that could be operated, but it was worse.
Here she is trying on the wheels lent to us by Alma, till hers are ready.
Perla is finally able to stand up on her own after resting for a month and a half. We are working hard to help this sweet good girl walk again. It will take many months if we can afford to pay for physical therapy. Please send your good wishes and prayers for Perla. Don’t forget to donate when you can and Please: ADOPT DON’T SHOP!

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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