Dogs from Puerto Rico given new lease of life by the Golden Retriever Rescue Group

When a golden retriever called Cano was brought to the U.S. from Puerto Rico he was in such a terrible condition, nervous and frightened of letting anyone come near him, especially of men or people wearing a hat. He may have grown up on an island but spent his life chained up, neglected and never having a romp on the beach or playing in the waves.

He now lives at the animal loving home of Sandy Jones and Joanne Pursel in the Mannheim Township. However, he still doesn’t enjoy doing some of the antics that other dogs take for granted, such as a dip in his new owner’s swimming pool.

Over time he has progressed to the extent that he no longer fears being offered a friendly hand or a pat, will go up and down stairs, and considers a ride in the car as the ultimate pleasure for a dog!

You probably are unaware there are about 300,000 dogs in Puerto Rico that are unwanted pets and end their life euthanized. Had he remained on the island he would probably been one of those unfortunates.

Cano however was lucky enough to be among the dogs rescued and brought to the Reinhold’s headquarters by the volunteers of the Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue. His stay there meant he underwent medical attention and given the love and care necessary for giving him a new start to his life.

The dedicated rescue efforts of this organization

Cano is just one of one hundred and seventy-five dogs placed in good homes by the Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue from the time it began rescuing dogs from the island of Puerto Rico at the beginning of 2014.

The organizations success was apparent recently when many of the abused and abandoned puppies were assembled for a demonstration for the volunteers. This showed how healthy they had become with their now shiny coats. As well they preformed the tricks taught them at the dog obedience school.

With a long record of hard work for rescuing golden retrievers as well as designer breeds such as golden doodles, the organization began to find they had many empty kennels through a decline in more recent times of local dogs needing rescue. They decided to start to take dogs from other states as well and besides golden retrievers they began taking in Labrador retrievers.

The blizzard in February 2014 resulted in a team from the organization paying a visit to Puerto Rico to find out how the local organizations were responding and coping with their needs. The founder and executive director of the rescue group, Robin Adams, was astonished at the friendly attitude and concentrated concern he found there.

Dead Dog Beach

A research study estimated that between 2010 and 2013 about 144,000 Puerto Rico inhabitants migrated from the island. This decline of population resulted in many of the family animals being abandoned. They either had to fend for themselves in the streets, or else they were dumped on Dead Dog Beach, an area on the island infamous for gang rituals and for target practice.

The officials in Puerto Rico neither have the resources nor the interest to start funding a program for neuter spraying. Therefore, the stray population grows rapidly. At the limited animal shelters most of the dogs taken there are euthanized. An initiative for discouraging cruelty to animals, a crack down on puppy mills and humane education programs in schools was begun in April by the organization.

Cano has now become a dog that is calm and is no longer afraid of men or of anybody wearing a hat.