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Kent Animal Shelter takes in 15 rescued puppies from Grand Bahama

"Operation Puppy Lift," a project of the Humane Society of the Grand Bahamas, bought 15 puppies from the overloaded Caribbean shelter to Kent Animal Shelter, where they will be available for adoption. Videojournalist: Randee Daddona (July 18, 2013)

No strangers to a heat wave, 15 puppies rescued from an overcrowded Grand Bahama animal shelter have been enjoying their relocation to Long Island, playing in kiddie-pools this week at the East End shelter that rescued them.

The dogs were brought to the Kent Animal Shelter in Calverton for veterinary attention and to be put up for adoption. They were flown in from the overcrowded Humane Society of Grand Bahama, which is the sole shelter on the island, taking in about 1,200 puppies yearly.

“The puppies would have otherwise been at risk of being euthanized,” said Pam Green, the executive director of Kent Animal Shelter. “We are partnering with the Humane Society of Grand Bahama so we can continue to help.”

Since the launch of Bahama society’s dog rescue program Operation Puppy Lift, the shelter has been able to cut its euthanasia rate by 20 percent, Green said. Through the program, the mixed-breed puppies were flown in on a charter plane to Florida and from there, flew commercial to Kennedy Airport, where they were retrieved by Kent staff. The puppies, which range from 4 to 8 months old, arrived via two separate trips Tuesday and Wednesday night.

“Since arriving, they seem very gentle,” said Green, of the mostly short-haired, medium-sized group. Many of the “potcake” puppies, the term used for the local native breed of the strays of Grand Bahama, look to be of the collie variety according to Green.

The shelter also anticipates receiving about five puppies this week from the Turks and Caicos Islands through Potcake Place, a dog rescue charity based there. The charity relies on volunteers visiting to accompany the dogs on their flights.

All of the puppies will be spayed or neutered and vaccinated before the shelter starts putting them up for adoption on Pet Finder and the Kent Animal Shelter website in about a week.

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