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Yorktown animal rescue looking to rehome dogs evacuated from Puerto Rico earthquakes

As earthquakes continue to wreak havoc on Puerto Rico, Sali Gear, founder of Island Dog Rescue in Virginia Beach, has evacuated close to 40 dogs from the island.

YORKTOWN, Va. — “Adopt, don’t shop,” is a phrase animal lovers and advocates often hear and attempt to ingrain in those looking for a new companion, but during times of disaster, the sentiment can be dire. That's according to our partners at WYDaily.

As earthquakes continue to wreak havoc on Puerto Rico, Sali Gear, founder of Island Dog Rescue in Virginia Beach, has evacuated close to 40 dogs from the island.

And with the support of partners like Yorktown-based, Village Dog Resource, to foster and rehome the dogs once they land in the continental U.S., Gear said she plans to do it again for over 50 more dogs in the coming weeks.

“I need a place to put dogs so the partnership is really a win-win,” she said. “My niche is transportation, selecting, and vetting dogs, they know they’re getting dogs with solid medical treatment.”

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Village Dog Resource is advertising at least nine of the pups that are available for adoption but there are others who after surviving back-to-back natural disasters and travel abroad, just aren’t ready yet.

Julia Kay operates the foster program and described “Simon,” who she said was already shy but “didn’t handle the transport very well.”

“Adopt, don’t shop,” is a phrase animal lovers and advocates often hear and attempt to ingrain in those looking for a new companion, but during times of disaster, the sentiment can be dire.

As earthquakes continue to wreak havoc on Puerto Rico, Sali Gear, founder of Island Dog Rescue in Virginia Beach, has evacuated close to 40 dogs from the island.

And with the support of partners like Yorktown-based, Village Dog Resource, to foster and rehome the dogs once they land in the continental U.S., Gear said she plans to do it again for over 50 more dogs in the coming weeks.

“I need a place to put dogs so the partnership is really a win-win,” she said. “My niche is transportation, selecting, and vetting dogs, they know they’re getting dogs with solid medical treatment.”

Village Dog Resource is advertising at least nine of the pups that are available for adoption but there are others who after surviving back-to-back natural disasters and travel abroad, just aren’t ready yet.

Julia Kay operates the foster program and described “Simon,” who she said was already shy but “didn’t handle the transport very well.”