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Two puppies have made it out of Iran, one of them out of the hands of medical researchers thanks to an Iranian animal rescue group and PAWS in Lynnwood.

The international rescue effort has saved the lives of three-month-old Shabnam, and six-month-old Apoo, who will soon have new homes, PAWS said.

The Iranian government is considering outlawing all dogs and cats within the Tehran city limits.

Apoo arrived at PAWS with her entire right side shaved by medical researchers, who were preparing to use her for experimentation, PAWS said.

PAWS says the Iranian rescue team from Vafa Animal Shelter purchased her from the researchers before she met a horrific end.

Both puppies are now in the care of a PAWS foster family, and are doing well.

They re healthy and happy, says PAWS Foster Care Coordinator Rebecca Oertel. They ve had their spay surgeries, and both girls have been given a clean bill of health.

This is the second time PAWS has helped rescued dogs from Iran. Last year a Border Collie mix became the first PAWS rescue.

It s tragic, says Kay Joubert, Director of Companion Animal Services at PAWS. This situation is reprehensible and we will do anything we can to help these poor dogs. While we remain committed to our mission locally, our doors are always open to help an animal in need.

Shabnam and Apoo will be available for adoption from PAWS in the next few weeks. Find out more and fill out an application, at

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