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Loudoun County Animal Services imports adoptable dogs from Puerto Rico

Loudoun residents will soon have the opportunity to adopt four dogs from hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.

Theo, Solovino, Jogly and Gongoli were part of a larger transport effort by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and All Sato Rescue, which brought a group of dogs to Dulles Airport on Oct. 10 to go to D.C. area shelters and rescue centers.

All Sato Rescue, a nonprofit based in Puerto Rico, arranged for the transport while HSUS provided the plane. HSUS contacted Loudoun County Animal Services about accepting four of the dogs and by midnight Oct. 11, they were in their new, temporary homes.

All four dogs were in shelters or foster care prior to Hurricane Maria hitting the island. LCAS Community Relations Manager Nicole Falceto said they often work with HSUS because the organization takes precautions not to remove owned pets from disaster areas.

“All four of these dogs are fantastic,” Falceto said.

While the dogs are not up for adoption yet, LCAS is still looking for foster homes for Solovino, an approximately 3-year-old curious and easy-going yellow lab, and Jogly, a 3-year-old friendly and cuddly mix. The organization is primarily looking for foster homes without other dogs so the traumatized dogs can decompress from the stress of surviving a natural disaster.

All new intakes regularly go through a quarantine period so that volunteers and staff can get a read on the new dog's personality and discover any medical conditions prior to the dogs being adopted. All four dogs are current on their vaccines and LCAS is looking for people to foster them for two weeks to a month.

“They are all wonderful and it will be great to see them adopted after their quarantine is up,” Falceto said.


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