There are plenty of homeless dogs in New York, but in other places the situation is more dire.
Saving them is not cheap, but one woman chose a love for dogs over a love for money. She’s the focus of this week’s Snapshot New York with Steve Overmyer.
When CBS2 spent time with Tania Isenstein, she was waiting for a special delivery, a journey three months in the making, and the work is about to begin.
This isn’t any canine rescue. Tania focuses on dogs in danger after natural disasters. She met “Laura,” “Ashley” and “Wali” in Humacao, Puerto Rico.
Tania Isenstein was an unhappy Wall Street lawyer for many years. She wanted to find something more fulfilling, and the path she found led her to dedicate her life to dogs. She began boarding dogs who already had loving homes, fostering those who don’t, and leading the effort to save Puerto Rico’s street dogs, called “satos.” We were lucky enough to talk to Tania about her journey…
Choca arrived from Puerto Rico on Sunday, March 11. She prefers to be alone in her cage and tends to scurry around anxiously when she is outside of it. That may be because she was found in an abandoned house on the Caribbean island, which was battered by Hurricane Maria in September. It was not clear how long she had been there, but she now finds herself on the Upper West Side…
Stray dogs in Puerto Rico have long been an issue. Since Hurricane Maria devastated the island six months ago, the urgency to rescue them is even greater. Our New Yorker of the Week is doing her part in finding them new homes. NY1's Pat Kiernan explains. …
Tania Isenstein once was a corporate lawyer for one of the largest investment banks in the world and she gave it all up in order to follow her passion -- caring for dogs.
"This guy, the one on the left, somehow survived Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Animal Lighthouse Rescue found him there, on the street, and brought him to New York. There are a whole lot of strays in Puerto Rico these days, They call them satos and it's estimated there are over 250,000 of them. Many of their stories don't end well."
"Tania Isenstein, the owner of Camp Canine, a doggy daycare, grooming and boarding facility on West 73rd street, is working with the organization Animal Lighthouse Rescue to get the dogs adopted."
"Camp Canine at 46 West 73rd Street is teaming with other organizations to help another dog shelter in a hurricane-battered region. About 25 dogs from shelters in Puerto Rico will be arriving at Camp Canine on Saturday afternoon, according to Tania Isenstein, the owner of Camp Canine...
The adoptions will be handled by Animal Lighthouse Rescue, which works with a sister shelter in Puerto Rico that was destroyed in Hurricane Maria."
"A New York City-based nonprofit is working to rescue more than two dozen shelter dogs from Puerto Rico and bring them to the city, where they’ll be put up for adoption.
Tania Isenstein, chairwoman of the board of directors for Animal Lighthouse Rescue (ALR), said the organization’s shelter in Puerto Rico “took a direct hit” from Hurricane Maria and needs to be rebuilt."
"With an estimated 200,000 stray dogs living on the streets of Puerto Rico, Animal Lighthouse Rescue is dedicated to saving these animals by educating local communities, establishing humane treatment options, and finding the dogs loving homes."
"I share my home and my life with a shelter dog. Jack, a two-year old Shih-Tzu and Jack Russell Terrier mix that my husband and I rescued through the Animal Lighthouse Rescue was a street dog in Puerto Rico. Jack is a great dog with a lot of love. We rescued Jack the day after we lost our 17 year-old dog, Zach. He helped heal us from that loss. He is funny, sweet and loves his new life. We couldn’t be happier with him."
"There are a number of organizations, like Animal Lighthouse Rescue and El Faro de Los Animales you can contribute money to to help out."
"Lilly, a 15 pound miniature pinscher mix, was left alone in the woods by her owner with nothing but an old T-shirt, 1010 WINS’ Roger Stern reported. “She didn’t go for help or anything,” Julie Sinaw with Animal Lighthouse Rescue told Stern. “She just stayed there on the T-shirt, wouldn’t move, waiting for her owner to come back."
"Ava Smith of Wilhelmina and her foster dog, Lola. "I've been fostering dogs since 2008 (over 20 dogs!). More recently, I've been traveling to Puerto Rico to bring stray dogs up to NYC, and helping them find homes here on the mainland. I encourage everyone to adopt a Sato (Puerto Rican stray) because they are the BEST dogs" Ava works regularly with [Animal Lighthouse Rescue]"
"we decided to have Seth Rogen stop by to answer everything you've always wanted to know, from a bunch of hella cute puppies dressed in hot dog costumes. It was truly beautiful."
"At only 16 pounds, they are small dogs and make the perfect team. We honestly think they are easier together than apart. They entertain and keep each other company when they are left alone, but they absolutely love being with their owner."
"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."
"About four years ago, Julie Sinaw was inspired to start ALR after seeing “stacks and stacks” of dogs at Puerto Rico’s only no-kill shelter paired with the knowledge that some 200,000 strays known as satos (slang for “stray” in Puerto Rico) roam free. “Puerto Rico has a 95 to 98 percent kill rate in its municipal shelters, and I thought, ‘What if I just take one dog home?’” Following a quick adoption, her next trip returned two dogs, and ALR grew from there."
"Hailey attended a dog adoption event in New York City on Saturday hosted by Dylan's Candy Bar, with absolutely irresistible puppies coming from... Animal Lighthouse Rescue. And we have to admit, we're honestly surprised the photos didn’t break the Internet due to cuteness overload."
"Mr. Brownstein, a lifelong animal lover, adopted three satos in 2010 from Julie Sinaw, the model turned dog rescuer. She introduced him to El Faro de Los Animales, a no-kill sanctuary on the island. Ms. Sinaw eventually became president of the group, whose name translates to Animal Lighthouse Rescue, and operates through donations, adoption fees and Mr. Brownstein’s own spending."
"Bean — The past month has been life changing for this sweet pup, who was picked up just weeks ago on the streets of Puerto Rico by Animal Lighthouse Rescue. He was adopted the day of Rubio’s show!"
"A friend who works with Animal Lighthouse Rescue alerted her to what McEntee described as "a really horrible problem." Puerto Rico is overpopulated with hundreds of thousands of stray dogs. No one spays or neuters animals and "backyard breeding" is common. Additionally, a huge industry surrounds purebred breeding, meaning the island is home to hundreds of puppy stores as well. Sadly, those purebred puppies grow up and can often end up on the street along with mixed breed "satos.""
"Forty dogs plucked from the streets of Puerto Rico were greeted with a blast of frigid air and the first blankets some had ever touched as they landed at a Westhampton Beach airport Saturday morning."
"Our team goes into schools to try to educate the younger students, elementary and middle school-aged kids. We also have local brownie troops come into the shelter to meet some of the dogs.”
"All those involved with Animal Lighthouse, which is a volunteer based organization, are passionate about saving the satos that roam uncared for on the streets of Puerto Rico. Conservative numbers place 250,000 satos in the U.S. territory. Higher estimates number in the millions."
"Not only did Frito get a bed and toys of his very own, but his story also has a sweet happy ending. "After we nursed Frito back to health — getting tons of kisses from him along the way — an amazing couple in Brooklyn adopted him," Sinaw said. 'They are so in love with him.' "
"Sinaw said Gracie is "a total sweetheart," great with other dogs and people, including children, and "is on the calmer side." She loves going on walks but afterward is keen to snuggle up for a nap."
"Tania Isenstein left her executive career to become Top Dog of Camp Canine (nycampcanine.com) at 73rd and Columbus in NYC and has made it a very successful boarding and dog daycare — where she always saves two spots to foster rescued stray “Satos dogs” from Puerto Rico through Animal Lighthouse Rescue (alrcares.com)"
"...twelve strapping gentlemen who have adopted animals [including ALR's own Ryan and Penny]"
"Animal rescue looks good on model Ryan Schira and [ALR] foster doggie Penny Lane."