Written by Francis Aguiar of the Dominican Republic
All my life I have been rescuing animals from the streets of my city. I can remember my mother sending me back with little puppies in my arms I just had found in the streets. With eyes fulls of tears, I told her that as soon as I grew up, I would have a refuge for all those beloved creatures.
Time passed, and even though I do not a have a refuge of my own, I have rescued and helped others rescue lots of dogs and cats. We have a group here in the Dominican Republic that rescues, saves, spays and neuters and finds homes for street dogs.
We don’t have a law to protect animals, and we are currently fighting to get one, so rescuing and saving streets animals is completely in the hands of animal lovers.
This story is about a little black mix puppy who one of my daughters, who grew up loving and rescuing animals with me, rescued from a sure death one night on one of the busiest streets of our big neighborhood. She was coming back from the gym, when all of the sudden she spotted a tiny black bulk in the middle of the street. Cars were running just around it not to run over it and that’s when she realized it was moving.
Right in that moment, she stopped her car in front of the puppy and start waving her arms to catch the attention of the passers-by, so a young man that was jogging nearby came to help her. While he stopped the cars, she took the towel she was carrying to the gym and took the puppy from the street right away and put it inside her car and she headed to my home that was very close.
When I First Met Her
There was my daughter, with her eyes wide open and scared that the puppy was beyond our help, because she didn’t stop to examine her, but she instinctively took her away from the inmediate danger. It was then that we realized that she was about two months old, both of her back legs broken in different parts, and she was covered with Demodex mange and had a hole filled with worms in one her back legs.
We understood that the reason she was was in the middle of the street was that she was so tired and in pain that she gave up walking in the worst place ever.
So to the vet we went and when he examined her, he took some x-rays of the legs. He told us that one of the injuries was up in the femur and was already sealed out of place, and the only remedy was to break it again and put in place, or leave it like that to see if she would not limp so much or else put her to sleep because she had her two back legs broken. We immediately started asking for another solution, because we were not going to put her to sleep, even if we would have to carry her for the rest of her life, so he started treating her for the mange right away, cleansed the worms from her injury and prescribed the antibiotics and told us to have her rest and see what happens.
We took her back to my house where we prepared a very cozy bed and placed her there. She was so exhausted that she stayed there for days. She would even eat in her bed and she woke up only to go potty in the backyard. At this time, I kept her apart from my other four dogs so they would not become infested with mange, but they stared at her curiosly through the fenced door.
I will never stop being amazed of what a little love can do. The moment she entered our lives, she didn’t stop being cared for and pampered. We gave her medical baths for the mange, and in as little as three weeks, she started to grow new black, shiny hair all over her body, and as for the back legs, she was limping less and less each day. We had her secluded in a limited area so she couldn’t jump and run too far, but she was able to walk and go outside to the backyard all by herself.
When we were finally sure that her mange was gone, she started right away to go inside the house and she adored playing with my Taylor, a Yorkshire Terrier who was one and a half years old, and is very playful and friendly.
I remember the day when I was looking for her all around the house and couldn’t find her. She was playing on the second floor with the my other dogs. I couldn’t believe she had climbed the stairs by herself, and that was not the first time. As soon as she entered the house, she would go right up the stairs, with no problem or limping. She was the sweetest girl ever. She would bark for me as soon she knew I had arrived home.
After three months of caring and loving, she found the family for her. It was sweet and sour to let her go. I knew that if a family fit for her wouldn’t appear, she was going to stay with us, but since I try to rescue and help as many dogs as I can, to let them stay makes the chances to rescue others more difficult for me.
So, it was through a friend that she found her loving home. The day she arrived at her new home, they told me that she spotted a rug, right in front of her new master’s bed, and she landed there and made that her favorite place!
I am sure that it was God who placed her in that street in that moment, so she could be rescued and saved. See PHOTOS of Ebony Right After Rescue
BREAKING NEWS – A New Law for Animals Has Passed:
Just as this story was about to go live, we got some incredible news from Francis who tells us that after years of struggle, negotiations and outright pleading, a law for animal protection has finally passed in Dominican Republic.
As enforcement of that law is going to take consistent pressure and reinforcement from animal advocates, they are today asking for help with a petition against the killing of 36 street dogs all of whom were very affectionate and had already been spayed/neutered and vaccinated. “They did not pose a threat for tourists” Francis explains. “To the contrary, many tourist donated for them to be vaccinated and taken care of. This is shameful, outrageous, frustrating and heart breaking, but we are determined not to stop until justice is done!” Click here to visit and sign their petition