Logan Airport had a special few furry passengers on Thursday. Ten puppies from Puerto Rico were flown to Boston in the hopes of finding a forever home here.
The Animal Rescue League of Boston is behind the pups’ journey. The ARL partnered with the Puerto Rico-based All Sato Rescue to bring 10 puppies from the island to Boston.
“Sato” is a term in Puerto Rico for a mixed-breed dog, or a mutt, the rescue league explained. All Sato Rescue finds these “forgotten” dogs new homes. There may be an estimated 100,000 such strays and abandoned dogs in Puerto Rico, according to the organization, which overwhelms shelters there.
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“The situation for abandoned animals in Puerto Rico is absolutely deplorable,” said Twig Mowatt, secretary for All Sato Rescue, in a statement. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to be giving some of our amazing puppies the chance to find great homes through the Animal Rescue League of Boston.”
The puppies are currently in a mandatory 48-hour quarantine period following their landing, according to ARL, and will be checked by shelter veterinary staff.
Puerto Rican shelters also lack adequate spay and neuter programs, which adds to the number of homeless animals there.
“Because of the success of spay and neuter programs in the northeast, there is a real need for puppies, while other areas, including Puerto Rico and the South continue to be inundated,” said Dr. Edward Schettino, vice president of Animal Welfare and Veterinary Services at ARL, in a statement.
The puppies will be ready for adoption on Tuesday. Check here for more information about adopting animals from the Animal Rescue League.