April 02, 2020
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Cats and dogs displaced by Hurricane Irma arrive in Maine for care

Courtesy | Island Dog Rescue/CBS 13
Courtesy | Island Dog Rescue/CBS 13
The Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland is urging pet lovers to consider adopting dogs and cats now to make room for new arrivals displaced by Hurricane Irma and other storms that have been battering the tropics.

Thirty cats and dogs evacuated from the U.S. Virgin Islands have arrived in Maine for medical care and eventually will be up for adoption by residents.

Twenty-three cats and seven dogs were taken in by the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland in Westbrook from the islands after shelters were badly damaged by Hurricane Irma earlier this month. The Portland Press Herald reports the animals arrived Thursday and are currently under two-week quarantine, as required by state law.

A shelter spokeswoman says the animals are doing well and resting from their trip.

The shelter is currently urging people to adopt cats and dogs that are ready to go to a new home now, so the shelter will have more room for animals displaced by hurricanes.


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