The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, Inc. (ARF) announced yesterday that two dogs have been rescued from the outskirts of Tehran, Iran and have found a new home at ARF in Wainscott.
The rescue was coordinated by the Humane Society International (HIS) in a response to a ban on all dogs in cities and suburbs of Iran.
According to an article in the Washington Post, while dogs were increasingly becoming popular companions in Iran, they were frowned upon as being a Western influence and unclean in the eyes of Shiite rulers.
Responding to their popularity, Iranian government officials have proposed banning dogs in all cities and suburbs and as a counter measure animal shelters in Iran began working with groups like the Humane Society to find homes for Iranian dogs in other countries.
Two have now found their way to the East End of Long Island.
According to a press release issued Tuesday by ARF, international travelers from Iran delivered the dogs — Lampic (below) and Narin (above)— to the ARF Adoption Center last week, although hundreds more dogs await rescue in Iran.
According to ARF, both dogs are young, large, lanky female mixes and are in quarantine in the adoption center’s medical wing. Both will undergo full medical exams and will need time to acclimate. One of the dogs, Lampic, has no vision in one eye, although ARF officials said otherwise they are healthy. Once they have undergone their quarantine, they will be ready for adoption.