The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons took part in the “Operation Puppy Love” rescue on Saturday, February 13. ARF was one of 4 rescue groups to receive dogs from a dire situation in Puerto Rico. On this rescue, approximately 100 dogs and a few kittens were brought to the New York area to safety, of which ARF took 23 dogs and 8 kittens into its care.
ARF sent Senior Director of Operations, Michele Forrester to El Faro de los Animales, an animal shelter in Humacao, Puerto Rico. Recently El Faro de los Animales, located on the eastern coast of the island, found themselves far over capacity after the recent court order closing of another area shelter Santuario Jesus Ayuda De Dios in Cayey. One hundred satos, the local name for street dogs in Puerto Rico were sent to El Faro from the now defunct shelter. This rescue was spearheaded and underwritten by David Brownstein, a part time resident of Sagaponack and board member of El Faro del los Animales. Along with ARF, Brownstein invited Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation, Monmouth County SPCA and Humane Society of Atlantic County to help.
The dogs arrived at Gabreski Airport in Westhampton on Saturday, February 13. After their morning flight from Puerto Rico, ARF’s Senior Director of Operations, Michele Forrester, along with ARF’s transport team then drove the 30 dogs back to ARF’s state-of-the-art Adoption Center. The remaining dogs were brought north on Sunday, February 14 to New Jersey.
Now at the Adoption Center, the dogs are in quarantine until they can be medically cleared by ARF’s veterinarian. Once cleared and socialized, a process that can take a few days, the dogs will be put up for adoption at ARF to find loving new homes.