Like any other region, establishment, or organization, ARF of Rincón has been affected by the Coronavirus (Covid-19). Over a year later, things still have not return to the way we were. Although the island has started to “slowly open”, it is still very difficult to resume operations as before. Appointments with veterinarians still can take more than a month and not all airlines have resumed to pre-pandemic operations. Summer temperatures also represent a challenge, making it more difficult to open spaces for new rescues. ARF of Rincon will still try to assist people and help them in any way we can, but our resources are limited.
“Puppy Travelers” Needed
We used to send our dogs to the states using either American Airlines Cargo (from San Juan) or United Airlines (from Aguadilla). As of June 23, 2021, United Airlines’ PetSafe program indicated in its webpage that their operations are suspended. Flights from San Juan have resumed operations, but pets traveling via cargo can only do so if the temperatures are 85 degrees or less at both departure and arrival airports. Therefore, many flights are cancelled during the summer because of this requirement. Pets can travel in the cabin if they meet size requirements, which vary among airlines.
ARF of Rincon sometimes needs volunteers to take our adopted rescues to their homes in the mainland. So if you are a frequent flyer to Philadelphia, Boston, or New York and can serve as a “puppy traveler”, please let us know. All pet-related costs will be covered. Sometimes some of our rescues have to travel to Florida or other states so please visit our Facebook page and Like us so you can keep you updated.