Eighteen Bahamian shelter dogs are safe and sound at Boca’s Tri-County Animal Rescue.
They arrived early Monday, thin but in good spirits with tails wagging, said Tri-County’s Melissa Baum.
The dogs were fed, bathed, walked and are quarantined under the usual intake procedure. They’re expected to be ready for adoption in about three weeks, she said.
They’re medium to large-size dogs and will be “highly adoptable,” she added.
Called potcakes, for Caribbean mixed breeds, they were not surrendered by owners, Baum said. Instead, they were in a humane society shelter when part of the island was devastated by Hurricane Dorian.
The dogs will be vaccinated, spayed or neutered, checked for worms and cleared medically before they’re put up for adoption, Baum said.
Check to make sure they’re ready for visitors and Tri-County is open to the public.
The shelter is at 21287 Boca Rio Road, just before Via Ancho Road heading north.
“If they’re interested, the first step is filling out an application,” Baum said.
Tri-County always needs donations for their rescues.
Their wish includes: Pedigree chicken canned dog food, linens, paper towels, Dawn dish soap, bleach, hand sanitizer, dog treats and toys.
Rescuing animals is what they do, said Sharon DiPietro, board president of the no-kill shelter.
“It is a critically important part of our rescue mission – all lives matter, no matter where,” she said. “We will definitely rescue many more. The humanitarian aid will continue for a long time. Our “fur-manity” aid will as well.”
By Marci Shatzman