Echo Park resident organizes airborne animal rescue

Most people return home from a trip with perhaps a souvenir t-shirt, hundreds of photos that will never leave their digital camera and other trinkets. But after a month working on a TV shoot in Puerto Rico, costumer and Echo Park resident Christine Peters is today awaiting the arrival of two living reminders of her visit: a stray dog named Smil’nBeans and a cat named Junior. The two animals, which are scheduled to arrive later this afternoon at Los Angeles International Airport accompanied by Peters’ assistant, were among the many abandoned and stray animals Peters saw roaming the streets and roads of Puerto Rico. Perhaps it should not be too surprising that Peters went to the trouble and cost of rescuing and shipping these two animals back to Los Angeles; she has rescued about 300 animals in the past decade on her own and in partnership with the Echo Park Animal Alliance.

Once Smil’nBeans and Junior arrive at LAX, the two animals will be fostered until permanent homes can be found. In addition to seeking a home for the newly arrived dog and cat, Peters is also asking for assistance to defray the transportation and pet container costs (about $500) as well as more than $1,000 in veterinarian bills.

While working in Puerto Rico, Peters made contact with an animal rescue groups, Los Amigos de los Animales, which turned out to be headed by a former Echo Park resident. Peters said that any donations raised to cover the costs of her Puerto Rico rescue will be given to Amigos de los Animales.

Photos courtesy Christine Peters

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