Dogs evacuated from Puerto Rico arrive in the Tri-State

11 of the 82 dogs flown in last night to Indianapolis from Puerto Rico are now looking for forever homes in the Tri-State.

After a long flight and several car rides, it’s clear the pups are finally ready to settle after their long journey.

It was a morning filled with licks and love.

As 11 dogs from Puerto Rico received the remainder of their preliminary evaluations at Vanderburgh Humane Society.

“They had not had heartworm tests, so anyone older than 6 months we did that this morning and if they also needed flea prevention, nail trims, things like that,” said VHS development director Amanda Coburn.

Now these dogs might look like any other, but they've been looking for loving homes since before Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico.

Shelters there took in so many lost pets that these little ones had to head elsewhere.

“Most of the dogs we have are what's called sato mixes,” said Coburn.

It’s a mix known in Puerto Rico.

The number of dogs on the small island are limited, “so a lot of the dogs end up looking similar,” said Coburn.

Their ears, for example, mostly all horizontal and big.

And their hearts, even bigger.

If you'd like to help out but can't take home a little four legged friend, you can always donate here.

Extra treat if you're a Game of Thrones fan, dogs named Sansa, Hodor and Jon Snow are a part of the 11 that came in.

Shelter officials tell us they're going to give them several days to adjust. Then they'll be ready for adoption next week.

(This article was originally published October 17, 2017)


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