Rescue dogs

Sudbury non-profit brings Israel’s first rescue dogs to MA

SUDBURY, MA — A special shipment of shelter dogs arrived at Logan Airport this weekend, and a Sudbury-based nonprofit hopes it’s the first of many.

Kobe Henro, a pet food pantry founded in Sudbury in October 2020, and Little Black Dog Rescue, based in Washington, DC, on Sunday helped bring three shelter dogs from Israel to permanent homes in New England.

Now, Kobe Henro founder Helaine Block is looking for local travelers to bring more dogs to the United States from a shelter in Bethlehem. The Animal Environment Associated shelter, which is the only one serving the West Bank of Palestine, partners with Little Black Dog to transport the dogs overseas, but needs travelers to escort the animals.

Block learned about the high number of adoptable dogs in Israel and Palestine through his daughter, who attends medical school in Israel. The two shelters paid for travel and paperwork for the dogs from Tel Aviv, and after the flight Block picked them up from baggage claim in Logan. Once in the United States, the dogs went to their new adoptive homes.

“In a nutshell, it was an amazing experience, and together we gave these dogs a second chance and I want people to know it was easy to do,” Block said this week. “I will be returning to Israel in a few months and I will always bring a dog, or two or three with me.”

If you would like to help adopt a dog from Bethlehem, contact Block by emailing [email protected] or by calling (978) 460-1217.