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Surfers rescue dogs in Puerto Rico, bring to Long Island

Two dogs rescued from a Puerto Rican town landed at Kennedy Airport in Queens Monday night, en route to the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons adoption shelter.

Four East Hampton residents — John Robertson, Lee Haessler, Michael Asselin and Ben Dollinger — who also are avid Montauk surfers, were in Puerto Rico on vacation when they agreed to fly the dogs back with them. The dogs are from the town of Rincon.

The East End group, also known as ARF and located in Wainscott, said the small dogs known as Santos — a 2-year-old nursing mother and her eight-week-old puppy — will be medically cleared for adoption.

ARF of the Hamptons, the largest no-kill animal adoption group on the East End, often partners with other rescue groups, including those involved in puppy mills in the Midwest and south, said a spokeswoman for the organization.

On Feb. 11, ARF is holding a fun way to match those looking to adopt with a pet. Using the method of speed-style dating, adoptable dogs and cats will give those interested a chance to “meet” them in a “time-efficient way,” according to ARF's news release.

Admission is free. There will be music, and wine and food will be served. For more information, visit www.arfhamptons.org. RSVP to 631-537-0400, ext. 203.

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