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Dozens of pets rescued from Puerto Rico arrive in Maine, need homes

Dozens of pets that were rescued from Puerto Rico are in Maine and looking for forever homes. (WGME)

WESTBROOK (WGME) -- Dozens of pets that were rescued from Puerto Rico are in Maine and looking for forever homes.

200 dogs and 30 cats were rescued from Puerto Rico and brought to various shelters in New England, around 60 of them are in Maine.

They’re settling in at four different shelters, including at the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland.

They arrived around 1:30 a.m. Thursday after arriving by plane in Massachusetts Wednesday night.

Employees and volunteers at the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland rented a U-Haul and packed up a van to get them here.

All Sato, a shelter in Puerto Rico that partners with the Animal Refuge League, reached out to them after Hurricanes Irma and Maria hit the island.

It was a long night for the animals and the employees and volunteers who made the trip, but they say it's the least they could do.

"This is incredible. I begged and pleaded to come down and help with this and I'm really, really excited to be here and feel like I'm physically doing something to help get these animals safe,” Robin Harris, adoption counselor for Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland, said.

Once the dogs and cats have settled in, a vet will check them out. Most will be available for adoption next week.

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