Chapter Four: “TAIL” of the Black Dog – continued

WELCOME HOME Marcus (AKA “The Black Dog”)!!!

Marcus has come “home” to the US Mainland! After several long weeks of recovering from Heartworm and Ehrlichia at Campo Rico Veterinary Clinic, the wonderful folks at Amigos de los Animales provided him with shelter and then helped us arrange for his transport from Puerto Rico to the US, where he will finally enjoy his forever home. Never having had a soft place to rest his weary head, this pup is beyond grateful to feel the cushion of the back seat that brought him from New York to New Hampshire, the plush dog beds, and the soft, loving touch of human hands.

Those of you who have been following his story know that this young boy has suffered more tragedy in his brief time on the planet than many will suffer in a lifetime. Fractured hip bones from being struck by cars on multiple occasions, starvation, and insect-borne diseases did not defeat his spirit – he struggled to survive as if he knew that someday, some kind humans would band together to give him the wonderful life that he so richly deserves. He is one of the sweetest, most intelligent dogs we’ve had the pleasure to know, and we’re thrilled to have him here at Hearts and Tails Animal Alliance. He is an eager student and is already learning to walk on a leash, as well as his basic manners. His ongoing medical care will be provided by Dr. Christina Murdock of Lavender Mobile Veterinary Clinic here in NH.

Marcus was the inspiration for the formation of Hearts and Tails, and he is an exemplary representation of all the satos (street dogs) of Puerto Rico, who are just looking for some kindness as they battle the misfortune that life has bestowed on them.

If you would like to donate to help save these amiable canines, please proceed to –, or click on the donate button from our home page. Alternatively, you can send a check or money order to Heart and Tails Animal Alliance, PO Box 173, Weare, NH 03281. Hearts and Tails Animal Alliance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and ALL donations are tax deductible.

Tragically, it is estimated that more than 500 satos are being euthanized on a daily basis due to lack of resources. One of our charters is to eliminate unnecessary euthanasia by providing spay & neuter programs in order to slow – and eventually stop – the population growth.

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