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July 5, 2011

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Puerto Rico dog rescue sanctuary advances

MIDDLETOWN – Pets Alive, the Middletown based dog rescue organization, is hoping to open a rescue mission in Puerto Rico later this year.

There are some 250,000 stray dogs on the Island.  The group hopes to rescue many and provide them for adoption on the mainland.

Pets Alive Director Kerry Claire said the governor of Puerto Rico has donated 11 acres of land for the sanctuary and funding is coming from the commonwealth, private donations and a $250,000 grant from pop singer Rob Thomas and his wife, Marisel, who is Puerto Rican.

Claire said they have big plans for their venture.

“We just got the property and we are getting it surveyed and we are going to start building, probably in the next three months,” she said. “We are hoping to open a bed and breakfast and people can come down and help and do kind of a rescue vacation down there.”

Pets Alive is already conducting dog rescue missions in Puerto Rico, rounding up stray dogs on Dead Dog Beach and flying them here for adoption.

 


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