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We reached our goal!

Starting April 9th, we began asking for your support in reaching our goal for the Fund the Shelters Challenge. The nation-wide Fund the Shelters Challenge is open to all animal welfare organizations dedicated to keeping pets out of shelters and in loving homes. The Challenge helps not only raise much-needed funds, but also helps to offset reduced adoption fees requested from adopters during the annual Clear the Shelters pet adoption campaign, which takes place in August.

Website page with adoptable dogs

Our goal for the challenge was to raise $5,000 in the one month period, and our mission was More Rescues, More Adoptions.

And we did it! Between the period of the Challenge: April 9 until May 9, we rescued 8 pups from the street, and had 13 adoptions. That’s three more rescues from the previous period, and 8 more adoptions!

In terms of reaching our 5K goal, 32 people came to our rescue by donating a total of $5,640. We can’t thank all our rescue angels enough. And a special thank you to Ann B., who stayed with us throughout the challenge and continued her support from beginning to end!

We function because of your support and generosity. Your donations save lives and your kind words should be shared with everyone. Here’s to the ADLA Fund the Shelters 2019 Team:

Domi $30
for Denver

Larissa A. $100

Katrina A. $350
Here you go! $5,000 in total. You guys did it! Thank you for your amazing work!

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Denver

Kelli and John D. $20
Thank you for sending us Blaise, and rescuing her mama.

Mark L. $25
For giving us Lily

Karyn M. $100

Martha and Rich $200
You are the greatest, Adri!

Patricia C.

Louisa W. $25
For being angels to the dogs of Puerto Rico

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Pinky

Sarah M. (and Louisa) $50
Thank you for all that you do! So glad I was able to come visit the shelter in December and see the amazing work you all are doing and meet so many wonderful pups! Good luck!!

Jennifer T. $500
For each suffering animal whose life is changed by this shelter’s tireless work. PLEASE contribute. No donations means no animals saved. Shelter depends 100% on people like you.

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Boomer

Isabel R. $25

Ivonne V. $100

Leilani $100
Thank you for helping Gracie & Chachi! And all the other fur babies!

Maddie and Nate $25
To celebrate our 12yo “brother” Rider

Jean $100
In tribute to Pete!

Martha B. $50
In tribute to Ela

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Allison

Cooper $25

Theresa S. $25

Ciara P. $25

Cathy P. $100
In memory of Maddie and Lily

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Pinky

The Maui Rimm $200
To commemorate our mother, Ivonne Lastra, who gave her home to help the cause.

Janine C. $100
In honor of Adri and her tireless commitment to the dogs

Carmen L. $25

All Anonymous donors

Tomas $15

Ann B. $1,000

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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!

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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!

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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

Make a difference for a rescue by donating through the Paypal Giving Fund Program.

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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Funding needed! Clear the Shelter!

Funding needed! Clear the Shelter!

ADLA urgently needs your help to maximize their adoptions in the rescue initiative Clear the Shelters!

Clear the Shelters is promoted and aired by television network NBC, and in Puerto Rico by the network Telemundo as “Desocupar los Albergues.” ADLA has participated in this initiative since it began in 2014, adopting out many of its rescues at the reduced fee of $50. This year, we need your support to make it happen!

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On August 18th, ADLA’s adoption center will be set up in the public plaza of the municipality of Loiza. Loiza is also where the ADLA Shelter is located and is also one of poorest municipalities of Puerto Rico, with a majority of its population living under the poverty level. Every day, we cater to this disadvantaged community by operating our Shelter: rescuing stray dogs that are roaming the streets and beaches.

Since 2005, ADLA has rescued and rehomed over 3,300 dogs. Hurricane María has led to an increase in the number of abandoned dogs, which in turn has increased our intake and expenses.

We have rescued over 118 dogs during this year alone, and we have 80 dogs currently at the Shelter. We need to get as many dogs adopted on August 18th as possible!

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  1. In anticipation of the Clear the Shelters initiative, all our adoption fees have been lowered to $50. Yet we are still rescuing and rehabilitating at the same rate and cost as before.

Rescuing one dog includes:                                                                                                                A veterinary visit prior to the adoption to ensure the dog is healthy: $15                            Vaccinations (including rabies and cost of deparasiting): $85                                                              4DX which checks for heartworm, ehrlichia, anaplasmosis, and lyme disease: $65                        Heartworm treatment (if necessary): $350                                                                                          Sterilization: $100

That is a total of $615 per pet. 

  1. We want to make an impact in our community by not only rescuing the animals, but promoting responsible pet care: On August 18th, we will promote responsible pet care within the community of Loiza. After the event we must do house-checks for each potential adopter to make sure the dog will be in a safe environment.

Donate now to Help ADLA adopt out as many dogs as possible during  Clear the Shelter day! 

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STRAY DOG BECOMES “KISSER THERAPIST”

STRAY DOG BECOMES “KISSER THERAPIST”

Carmen: Stray Dog Becomes “Kisser Therapist”

By Debra Malinics, adopter of ADLA alum Carmen, the “kisser therapist

I have owned neurotic dogs, psychotic dogs, crazy dogs, but never one as wonderful, sweet, smart, and loving as Carmen, a sato adopted from Amigos de los Animales through Wag on Inn in Oakhurst, NJ.

Carmen the kisser therapist

When my husband and I walked into the pet store to meet her, this little ball of fur ran right into our laps, licked us and next thing I knew, she was coming home with us. We had found our dog! and she was perfect from the start.  We named her Carmen in honor of her Spanish heritage.

At that time, I was on the board of a non profit planning a fashion show fund raiser. I suggested we add a dog or two to the venue, and three weeks later, Carmen stole the show wearing a Burberry coat accessorized with a brown and green braided leash, and behaving absolutely flawlessly.

Carmen on the catwalk with her Burberry coat

Carmen on the catwalk with her Burberry coat

On the way across the stage, I dropped her leash, put her is a sit stay command, and kept moving onto the runway. Carmen sat perfectly still, looking out over the audience, her eyes wide with wonder. She was perfectly poised and calm. While I whirled and twirled, Carmen remain seated, looking chic in her outfit. I picked up Carmen’s leash on leaving the stage and we walked off together to the audience’s delight and applause. Many attendees came to ask me how she was so well behaved and what was my secret…I said simply, Los Amigos de los Animales.

Friends kept telling Carmen should be a therapy dog because she emits such love but I didn’t have the time to take her to classes. “She doesn’t need classes,” friends insisted… she’s perfect already! She’ll pass without trying, repeated a friend and bet me $20 that she would. I couldn’t resist.

Carmen giving Debra's late husband Bernard some kissing therapy

Carmen giving some kissing therapy

I took Carmen to the next available Therapy dog certification class without any usual classes or preliminary training.  Do you have your good citizen papers the woman asked when I registered her.  Clueless, I said, “No, no, I’m a citizen.”. Looking at me oddly, she said, “I mean for your dog.” “Oh, she’s a citizen too,” I replied, “she was born in Puerto Rico.”  The woman just shook her head and asked me to fill out a form to begin. Carmen was perfect. I lost the bet, but Carmen won the class. Out of 14 well trained dogs, three passed the test and Carmen was one of them. I was so proud!

As a therapy dog, Carmen brings joy and love to children, students and adults. Everywhere I go, people fall in love with her and on her therapy visits, they call her the “Serial Kisser” because she spends her time kissing everyone in the room. Some colleges arrange their schedules around Carmen’s schedule. She has magic and when I look into her eyes, it seems they see into the universe.

When people say how lucky Carmen is to have us, I say, “WE are the lucky ones.” There are so many wonderful ways to share your life and your love and sharing it with an animal is one of the best. Animals make the world a better place for all.

When my husband was ill, Carmen was at his side 24/7, and after his death, she gave her love and support to me when I grieved. Carmen is an ambassador for all good things and I wish the world had more Carmens to set an example for us, the people who need it. Thank you Amigos de los Animales for bringing her into our lives. Now if I can figure out how to clone Carmen…If they did it with Dolly, surely they can do it with Carmen, my kisser therapist.

Carmen posing as a jungle princess

Here are some links to other articles written about Carmen and her kissing tactics!