Animal Rescue Rhode Island, National Guard team up to rescue 18 cats from Cuba

Animal Rescue Rhode Island shared this photo of the three cats that will be available for adoption after arriving in Rhode Island from Cuba.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Animal Rescue Rhode Island announced they rescued 18 cats from Cuba with the help from members of the National Guard.

According to ARRI, they were contacted by a member of the National Guard stationed in Cuba who said they’d been providing food and shelter for more than a dozen cats living near them.

The group of guardsmen paid for the cats to get veterinary care and health certificates and all but three were found homes in the Ocean State.

Those three cats without homes arrived at T.F. Green International Airport on Thursday and are currently undergoing the required isolation period. Officials said they’ll be ready for their forever homes next week.

“We’re in awe of the effort put in by the guard members on behalf of these cats and were honored to be part of this lifesaving effort,” said Liz Skrobisch, Executive Director of ARRI.

Potential adopters are encouraged to check out the three Cuban cats at ARRI’s webpage.

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