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Brandywine Valley SPCA rescues pets from Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria devastation

Brandywine Valley SPCA rescues pets...

Georgetown, DE. - More than a dozen four legged friends have made their way to Delaware from Puerto Rico. Now these loveable pets are looking for their forever homes.

"We don't think that there's any better feeling during the holidays than to add a new four legged family member. They bring a lot of love during the cold months so that's one of the best parts of this season," said Director of Operations for BVSPC in Georgetown, Walter Fenstermacher.

Just in time for the holidays, Brandywine Valley's SPCA animal shelter welcomed 15 new pet rescues flown in from Puerto Rico. 

"Puerto Rico is overrun with a lot of stray dogs that don't have a great chance of getting adopted there. So it's important when we have space or other organizations have space to be able to step up and help a place that's in need," said shelter manager Chris Farrall.

Shelters in Puerto Rico have been overwhelmed with the amount of intakes following the devastation of Hurricane Maria.

"We have the resources we have a large organizations with multiple shelters and a lot of adoption outlets and I think it's our responsibility since we have those resources to step up in times of need and places of need and that that's going to continue to be our mission," said Farrall.

Eight dogs and seven cats were welcomed in to Brandywine.

"We had some staff members and some volunteers come in in the middle of the night wake up early to actually come in and help unload the animals get them walked, get them water get them fed and get them comfortable," said Fenstermacher.

Three of the seven kittens are available for adoption so far.

"A number of them are super outgoing and friendly. There's some, and it's still early, they've had a lot going on as far as traveling and everything else but yeah there's a couple that seem a little more timid and need a little more TLC," said Farrall.

Out of the eight dogs that came to the shelter, three are now up for adoption. 

The Brandywine Valley SPCA will continue to update their website as more of the pets from Puerto Rico become available for adoption. 
 


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