Bentley wore his nicest tie: a chocolate brown tie sprinkled with colorful Christmas wreaths. It wasn’t Christmas, but it might as well have been.
On a rainy Sunday morning, Bentley, a beige mixed-breed dog with wide eyes and a pink nose, got to go home with his new mom, Lara Slater. His brother, Linus, who sported a black and white plaid bow tie, was adopted as well.
Bentley and Linus were adopted through Animal Lighthouse Rescue, a nonprofit foster network that has been rescuing stray dogs in Puerto Rico since 2013. According to the nonprofit’s website, more than 200,000 stray dogs are roaming the streets of Puerto Rico.
“If you go to Central Park and see squirrels everywhere, that’s dogs in Puerto Rico,” said Julie Sinaw, president of Animal Lighthouse Rescue.
Many of these dogs are found sick or injured on the side of the road in Puerto Rico. After they’re taken to El Faro De Los Animales, the only no-kill shelter in Puerto Rico, owned by Animal Lighthouse Rescue, they’re nursed back to health and brought to New York City to find good homes. To date, the nonprofit has rescued about 2,000 dogs.
On Saturday, June 5, 2016, Animal Lighthouse Rescue partnered with Camp Canine, a doggie day care on West 73rd Street, to host its first reunion for 42 furry friends and their families.
Scroll down to see what went down at the doggie reunion.