Also a huge paw'er --thank you to;
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Also a huge paw'er --thank you to;
Thursday, May 27, 2010
In the next blog entry I will tell you more about this shelter, but now I write only about this old lady. Me and some friends (Martina and Pio) were ready to leave when I saw this lady, and another big white dog walking next to us. I asked the volunteer, Alessandria where these two were going?
I could sense a kind of sadness in Alessandria's voice when she told me that they had been brought in from the street to be sterilized but had to go back on the streets again.
My heart just broke, I started to cry.
I couldn't stop crying, no matter how hard I tried. This old lady would not survive long on the streets. I was told she had cancer in her stomach, leischaminiosis and an old hip fracture on her back leg. And her age 10-12 years old, probably many puppies in her life too.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Last week I recieved these wonderful pictures from Elah's forever, loving home. I love how they have doghouses inside their home. What great looking decoration too!
Thursday, May 20, 2010
But AWL got food, shampoo, goodies that were expired from the US Base. We love you for that, thank you so much. And Anna for contacting me and helping. That's Amore
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
We guess she is around 5-7 years old, very sweet towards children but doesn't seem to get along very well with other dogs. Can be that she is not secure, maybe she's not been around many dogs before? We tried to have Blondie in our house, but she is now camping in my SUV!
My fear is that she's been on the street for some while, she is thin and old chewing gum is stuck on her hip, and she is a little dirty too.
I sure hope she has an owner that will be so happy to get their darling back. Keep your fingers crossed.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Top team Dr Alexandria and Dr Longo always provide excellent treatment. AWL thanks them for helping the strays --- giving them a second chance. Trina, you are amazing, working hard to help Oscar to find "the home" and I know you paid for his vaccination and microchip, and driving him to the vet clinic. Lynn for sponsoring with 1/3 for the eye examinations and AWL paid 2/3.
You are wonderful helping the strays and for understanding that with team work we can do magic!
Monday, May 3, 2010
Saturday, May 1, 2010
400 (+/-) dogs. A few dozen cats. 6 rows of pens.... about 30 pens in each row. Concrete reflecting the Italian sun into the dogs's cages. Endless barking. Endless soul-wrecking monotony. Food and water, but no exercise outside the cage. No mental stimulation. Each day like the one before.
Wouldn't you cry for help, too?
Could you keep your dignity, not to mention your sanity, if you were locked in to such an environment? No end-date for your release, yet the forlorn hope that maybe, just maybe, your forever family will come through the gate and pick you... today? Tomorrow?
How long had this boy been there? No one answered. Long enough to go blind in both eyes. He knows his cage... every inch of it. He can no longer see the outside world, no longer can see at all. But in his mind, he remembers the family he once had. He remembers running in the grass and playing with "his" human-child. Will they come back for him finally? His longing fills the days and nights with a dull pain of loss and regret for a "crime" he didn't even commit.
He was bred to hunt. Well, at least some of his bloodline was. But he's also a familiy dog by temperment. He'd love to run with you on your morning or evening jogs, or just lay by your feet as you read. He doesn't need much to be happy... just a human to take him away from here. A human to scratch him behind his ears occassionally, and who will smile when he gets a gentle lick on the hand from his "buddy".
So, each time a new human comes to the shelter, he stands up to greet that human; to be on his best behavior to impress the possible forever-master. And each time the human comes and goes without taking him with him, a little bit more of his spirit dies. But, there is always tomorrow. Maybe you will be the one to come and restore his faith? To bask in his unconditional love? Tomorrow?
The littlest one is old now. He lost his left eye some years ago. His little legs are stiffer now. On the few cold nights, these two huddle together for a little warmth, the chill taking its toll on their souls and bodies.
Their lives shouldn't be like this. They were both somebody's birthday or Christmas present. But something changed... a move, a divorce, maybe the humans just got tired of the responsibility of having a pet, and forgot about their committment and the unconditional love these guys gave.
So, now they are here. Huddling together against the wet and cold, panting in the heat. Longing for the families they used to have, and aching to have again.
Maybe he had a family once. Maybe he was abandoned when he grew up from that adorable puppy they impulsively adopted? Maybe they moved and didn't take their "friend" with them, leaving him to fend for himself at what used to be their home? Maybe he was a guard-dog at some warehouse, kept thin and hungry in the belief it would make him guard better. We don't know.
What a great companion he would be for somebody who doesn't go on runs or is very active. Maybe a slow walk every now and then... together. His heart would sing with joy to have such a life after all he's been through.
Animals Without Limits is begging... BEGGING... for help to bring to these kind, trapped souls. A bag of food, a box of Frontline, some money, some time to come and give these animals a little much needed love and human contact. We are not an adoption agency, but we will certainly help facilitate adoptions for good, solid "forever" masters and families.