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AWS joins in Puerto Rico animal rescue effort

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By RYDER SCHUMACHER
Staff Writer

WEST KENNEBUNK — The Animal Welfare Society recently took part in a transportation mission to bring 200 dogs and cats from Puerto Rico to destinations in Maine and Massachusetts.

Early Thursday Oct. 12, AWS members traveled to Worcester, Massachusetts, to transport 10 dogs arriving from Puerto Rico, which is still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Maria that left the entire country without power.

According to a press release issued by AWS, members of the All Sato Animal Rescue team in Puerto Rico arranged for a plane to transport the 200 animals — all of which were already living in shelters in Puerto Rico and looking to be adopted — to Worchester.

From there, AWS and other animal rescue groups were on hand to bring the dogs and cats to their shelters and provide care.

AWS was able to take in 10 dogs and members said that at this time the dogs are in excellent spirits.

“They have been very happy to be here,” AWS Development Associate Courtney McKenna said. “They’ve been getting a lot of attention since they got back. At this point we’re making sure they are set with their medical stuff, but we expect a few of them to go up for adoption this weekend.”

McKenna stressed that the dogs rescued were not lost or separated from their families during Hurricane Maria. 

Instead, they were taken from foster homes so that those foster homes can now take in other pets in Puerto Rico that have been displaced from their families due to the storm.

For more information about adopting a dog from AWS visit https://animalwelfaresociety.org/adopt/adopt-dogs/.

— Staff Writer Ryder Schumacher can be reached at 282-1535, or via email at rschumacher@journaltribune.com.

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