MA-BASED LAST HOPE K9 RESCUE BECOMES LIFELINE FOR ST. JOHN USVI DOGS DISPLACED BY HURRICANES IRMA & MARIA
Dog Rescue Makes Plea for Foster Homes, Food/Vet Support
BOSTON, MA (October 04, 2017) – Last Hope K9 Rescue (LHK9), New England’s largest volunteer-run, foster-based dog rescue and rehoming non-profit, announces it is receiving and providing temporary foster homes to 30 dogs from the Animal Care Center of St. John (ACC). St. John, the smallest of the US Virgin Islands, was devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, catastrophic Category 5 storms that ravaged the Islands on September 6.
30 Displaced Dogs Have Arrived in MA
The dogs, all of which were in the shelter’s care prior to the storm, touched down at Nashua Airport last night around 7:30pm. LKH9 had four volunteers onsite to assist in unloading nearly 100 cats and dogs, 29 of which were reunited with owners who were forced to evacuate St. John without their pets. The dogs and cats were safely loaded onto trucks and transported to different MA locations for mandatory 48-hour quarantine. The dogs vary in age and breed, but are all highly adoptable.
The ACC had relatively minor structural damage, but has been running off a generator and struggling to keep enough supplies in stock. All but five dogs living at the shelter made their way to MA, those five have heartworm disease and are therefore unable to transport into the Commonwealth.
Need: More Foster Homes, Food, Veterinary Services
Once their 48-hour quarantine is completed and the dogs receive MA health certificates, they will be transported to local foster homes. LHK9 is still seeking temporary foster homes for some of these dogs as well as supplies such as food, leashes, beds, and veterinary services as may be needed.
Donations are critical to help cover the cost of quarantine, transportation to fosters, veterinary costs that may arise, and supplies for fosters. Click here to donate: https://support.lasthopek9.org/hurricanerelief
ABOUT LAST HOPE K9 RESCUE
LHK9 has found homes for over 5,500 homeless dogs since its founding in 2012. We expect demand to be high for these dogs, and the adoption process will be the same as every other dog in our care. Visit our website for additional information on adopting or fostering: www.lasthopek9.org.
Last Hope K9 Rescue is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that relies completely on private donations and our own fund raising abilities to operate. We receive no federal, state, or government funding, nor do we receive funds from any national animal welfare organizations. We are an all-breed rescue dedicated to saving abandoned, neglected, and abused dogs from high-kill shelters throughout the United States. We don’t discriminate based on age, pre-existing medical conditions, or breed because every animal deserves to know love. As the literal “last hope” of every animal we serve, we work methodically to place each of our dogs within a stable, loving environment that can act as either their forever home or the gateway to their forever home.