Surfers traveling back from Puerto Rico have once again stepped up to help some pups in need.
East Hampton residents John Robertson and Brian Powell made room in their carry-ons on their way back from vacationing in Rincón to transport orphaned dogs to the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons in Wainscott on Thursday.
These young men are familiar with both ARF Rincón and ARF of the Hamptons and offered to help fly Nadia, a two year old male Chihuahua mix, and Pepé, a four month old Lab mix, to New York.
ARF Hamptons often works with the Animal Rescue Foundation of Rincón, an animal welfare organization that began 15 years ago and focuses on eradicating animal overpopulation of "satos," or a street dog.
Last January, , flew back with two small dogs; a two year old nursing mother and her eight-week-old puppy.
Robertson said he's transported about six dogs over the years. Each person is only allowed to fly with one dog.
His mother, Jane Lapin, who has a house in Puerto Rico, does a lot of work with ARF Rincón, he said.
"While we were staying down there, she found a litter of seven puppies and a mother. She was fostering them while we were there," he said. The puppies, who were found at 2 1/2 weeks old, weren't old enough to travel. Robertson said they will be transported up here soon — so look for more information from them in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, Nadia and Pepé need to be medically cleared, before being put up for adoption.