Dogs from Puerto Rico go up for adoption

Last week Eyewitness News reported on a group of dogs in the midst of cross-country journey. On Thursday, that journey came to a happy ending for many of the dogs.

 

Hurricane Maria left the homes of many dogs in Puerto Rico destroyed, and the dogs’ fates bleak. Help arrived in the Humane Society of the United States, which transported more than 100 dogs to Indianapolis, 11 of which ultimately ended up at the Vanderburgh Humane Society.

 

"No one's going to be adopting any animals, because these people don't have homes. They don't even have electricity,” VHS Development Coordinator Amanda Coburn said. “So this gives them a chance at adoption that they would not have had."

 

After a week of letting the 11 Puerto Rican transplants adjust, and get some needed shots, it was finally time to put them up for adoption. The first of the 11 went the home of a VHS employee.

 

As for the other 10, they officially were up for grabs at noon on Thursday. Some eager hopeful owners arrived early to be first in line.

 

"Today, since about seven o'clock,” Randy Winters said. "It says I’m first on this paper, so if the dog don't like me, well, that's gonna be the only reason i won't get it,” he said pointing to his application form.

 

When the doors to the kennels opened, it didn't take long at all for the doggie fever to go into full effect.

 

"The minute i laid eyes on him, I knew that he was the one,” said about a Husky puppy. She hasn’t come up with a name just yet. "I just love everything about this boy,” she said as her new companion licked her face.

 

Winters’ first choice, another husky puppy, did indeed like him back, which was good news for him after orders from home.

 

"Yeah my wife, it was either get here on time, get the right dog, or don't come home. I can't blame her, now seeing this little thing,” Winters said. He and his wife decided on the name Tasha. “It was worth coming at seven o'clock waiting."

 

Three of the available dogs were puppies, and the rest full-grown, but all have been through more than most.

 

"And just like people, animals deserve a second chance too, and I hope he will be as happy with us as I am with him at this moment,” Dietz said.

 

Now, with a little help along the way, the dogs from Puerto Rico begin their new lives with people who are probably just as excited to take them home as they are to have a home.

 

"Yeah, this is something that'll keep giving me pleasure till the day I die,” Winters said.

 

VHS said all but two of the 10 dogs were adopted Thursday. Those two are still available, as well as the other 30 plus dogs already there, and also looking for homes.

 

(This article was originally published October 17, 2017)


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