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Puppy survives hurricanes, travels to Tucson for adoption

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TUCSON- A puppy is now up for adoption in Tucson after surviving Hurricane Irma and Maria.

Ivy, a German Shepherd mix, was rescued from rubble in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in St. Croix.  

Jessica Durbin is a veterinary technician who works at the Sugar Mill Veterinary Center in St. Croix. She flew with Ivy, from the Virgin Islands. 

"There's one shelter on island and it got destroyed," said Durbin. "There's literally no place to take a dog you find right now."

Durbin said Ivy and her litter were found in rubble. Ivy had worms, fleas and ticks.

She explained a grant from the Sunshine Foundation has allowed the Sugar Mill Veterinary Center to care for more animals in need after the storms. To donate to the effort in St. Croix, click here.

Durbin and the Tucson non-profit, The Sanctuary Project, worked together to fly Ivy to Tucson. 

Ivy is the third puppy of her litter to be transported off the island. 

Durbin said people in St. Croix are still recovering from the hurricanes. She said some of the people there have had to surrender their pets because they cannot care for them.

The Sanctuary Project Founder, TSP,  Amy Cubillas, said it's incredible the puppies survived. 

Cubillas said the 12-week-old dog will grow to about 20 pounds. She said Ivy has potential to be a therapy dog. 

"She'll meet everybody where they're at. If someone is super playful with her, she will be right there," she said. "One girl, yesterday, had a tough day and just needed some loving, and she (Ivy) snuggled right up in her neck."

If you are interested in adopting Ivy, you can message The Sanctuary Project on Facebook for an application. 

Cubillas said the perfect owner would be "someone who will devote a lot of attention into how special she is and really cultivate that."

She also encourage people interested in hurricane survivor puppies to contact TSP through Facebook. 

"It makes it so much easier if we have a home that we have already vetted out and they're ready to go. So that if we have the opportunity to bring up a dog like this, we have a family that is ready."

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