Puerto Rico puppies come to Maine

Two puppies from Puerto Rico pose after arriving in Maine to be adopted locally.

PORTLAND (WGME) -- The Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland (ARLGP) is making a difference for dozens of dogs impacted by late 2017’s Hurricane Maria.

ARLGP team members brought six puppies and four adult dogs to Maine on Sunday.

They traveled to Puerto Rico last week to get a firsthand look at the rescue efforts on the island and to bring some displaced canines stateside to find “forever homes.”

Rescuing dogs from the hurricane-ravaged island has been an ongoing mission for the organization.

"Since Hurricane Maria, we've taken in almost 200 pets from Puerto Rico and placed them in homes here in Portland,” said Jeana Roth, director of community engagement with the ARLGP. “So, we really wanted to be part of their rescue story and understand where they're coming from."

The ARGLP said most of the rescued dogs brought back this weekend will be available for adoption on Saturday. The other dogs they saved are currently receiving vaccinations in Puerto Rico, which are required before they will be allowed to travel northward to Maine.

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