PETA’s Animal Rescue Team has been hard at work helping animals and humans on-site in devastated areas of Puerto Rico for the last several weeks, supplying food and clean water, scrubbing holding cages, clearing debris, driving injured animals to veterinary clinics, and helping out at temporary shelters—some housing up to 650 dogs.
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On Thursday, the team’s charter plane landed at Norfolk International Airport with 10 vulnerable dogs, including totally blind “Coconut,” who will be available for adoption at PETA, Norfolk SPCA, or the Virginia Beach SPCA.
The dogs who arrived in Norfolk were identified by PETA’s team as being among the most in need.
Coconut is a traumatized and sweet blind dog who had been living in a shelter cage for years when the hurricane hit. When PETA’s rescue workers found her, she was still shaking from the ordeal, and was comforted by a team member who sat with her in a quiet stairwell.
Other dogs include a mother and puppy who had taken shelter at a gas station—and were desperately hungry and thirsty when PETA found them—and Rocker, who doesn’t let a jaw birth defect stop him from snuggling! His tongue sticks out, but he doesn’t mean it!
As recovery efforts in Puerto Rico go on, PETA remains in touch with shelters and others there, working to help animals on the ground. With every facility (and caring person’s home) overwhelmed, PETA is planning how to offer continuing help.
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