When we arrived, I actually did not see the usual suspects near the Avis parking lot. In general, the dog activity level was at an unusual low, though we did get there mid-day, and the heat could've been a factor. The most active area was near the fish market, where I usually don't even go. Why? Well, the six to seven dogs that dominate the fish market parking lot are "watched over" by local fishermen and restaurant regulars. In fact, before launching this blog, I was told two or three of the dogs that hang out there belonged to someone. My theory, prior to last week, was that it would be best/most helpful to rescue those satos that didn't have someone to watch over them as consistently. Regardless, we ended up taking two dogs from this protected area, and their "watchers" were happy to let us take them to a safer place.
The lucky five that made it the car with us last Wednesday are all currently living and being cared for at Dr. Ramos'... however, none of these sweethearts has a sponsor as of yet. Two of the five of these rescues seem to be pretty healthy considering, though Cha Cha and Bella (see below for more details of each of the rescues) can be classified as extra-special cases. Can you help???
Currently, the Los Machos Beach Project has exhausted all its funds to pay for past and current rescues including Blondie, who is still undergoing chemotherapy. Dr. Ramos just spayed her and noticed another tumor in her general reproductive area. He decided to take a biopsy of her tumor to answer more questions about her condition. We have only received enough donations to cover a bit of her already approaching $1000 vet bill. Obviously, we never know entirely what we are getting ourselves into when we pick up any stray animal, but figure each one deserves a shot. And if I learned anything from my experience with Dakota, regardless of how grim the circumstances may seem, these abandoned and abused animals are tough cookies.
In sum, we are in a bit of bind: SPONSORS WANTED!!!!
On another note, I have to admit that I was relieved during my time in California with respect to animal welfare. Seeing Los Machos Beach last week for the first time in a month "got me down," to say the least. Last Wednesday, I came home exhausted and overwhelmed, once again, and simply felt that my efforts were scratching the surface of this vast issue we are faced with here in Puerto Rico. We need to do more...don't worry, we're working on it. Still, five more dogs will get to experience life the way a dog should: with an endless supply of human love and dog biscuits.
Well, keep your thoughts on Bella, who is battling through canine parvovirus as we speak. She's a special little girl. I know, I know...they all are.
Glad to be back,
p.s. This picture was just sent to me...
...as a "Happy Foster Mother's Day" card from Dakota. Thanks for remembering me, Kota!