Dogs from Puerto Rico up for adoption at Animal Welfare Society

Kenna is up for adoption at the Animal Welfare Society in Kennebunk (AWS)

KENNEBUNK (WGME) -- The Animal Welfare Society (AWS) is participating in a transport mission to bring nearly 200 dogs and cats to Maine and Massachusetts, from Puerto Rico.

AWS had team members on site to collect 10 of the dogs to bring to the Kennebunk campus.

The animals from All Sato Rescue were already looking for adopters and living in foster homes before Hurricane Maria struck the island.

“Many of the animals displaced in occurrences like Harvey, Irma and Maria, have loving families that also lost their homes. The shelters and rescues on the forefront are able to assess the situation, and then move their adoptable animals to other facilities so there is room for animals affected by the storms. That is what is happening here. We’re not taking anyone’s pet away,” said AWS Executive Director, Abigail Smith.

All Sato Rescue worked with shelters, rescues, and State Veterinarians throughout New England to organize the transport, chartering a plane to fly from Puerto Rico to Worcester, MA.

“Our community believes in adoption and second chances; that is exactly what we are able to provide for these dogs,” said Smith.

Interested adopters should check the AWS website for information about animals available for adoption and how to adopt from AWS.

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