Caribbean Animal Welfare Conference And Project Animal Worldwide
The week of April 3-6th we celebrated for the first time in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean Animal Welfare Conference held by the Humane Society International and The Pegassus Foundation. It was a great time with SO much information packed into 3 days. Our best buddies and mentors from Project Animal Worldwide were here to learn more about Animal Welfare in the Caribbean since one of their first projects is to help lower the stray animal population in Puerto Rico and to educate the world about it.
Here from left to right are Jean Greller, Ellen La Torre, Kathy Miles and Francesca Alexander who are some of the caring people from Project Animal Worldwide (PAW). Dr. Daran Haber and his partner in crime, Colleen Lang were not visible in this picture and our lovely Dr. Kerri Garcia was home in New Jersey giving birth to her new baby boy!! Thanks to Kathy, who is also the President of Wag On Inn Rescue, many of our satos find forever homes in their foster network.
Our friends and fellow rescuers were also at the conference so it was a wonderful time to touch base with everyone and see what folks are doing. The last day Michelle Cintron took a group shot of everyone left at the conference. When we left, my brains were totally fried!
Doglets That Went to Wag On Inn
This sweet girl’s name is Goldie. She’s a Golden Retriever found starving on the beach by a vacationer in Ponce PR. He brought her to me and helped pay for her vet care. Then she came home with me. This last week she was able to fly back to Wag On Inn when Kathy and friends returned home. All the kids that went on this trip are at foster homes getting the love and socialization they need and they will all find their terrific forever families.
Beautiful Blanca is an Aussie mix with one blue eye and one brown. She was rescued by our friend and vet, Dr. Katia Esteves. I took her home for awhile and she was able to go to NJ too. Now she’s in her foster home.
Here’s my sweetest boy Jacko. He was on the beach close to my house for about 3 weeks and it was really hard to catch him because he was so scared of people. Now he is sweet as honey and wants all our love love love! I miss miss miss him:)
Lorenzo is my little hairy boy who I almost hit with my car as he was running accross the street. He turned out to be so precious and he is now also in NJ with his foster family.
And this is the smartest girl ever, named Lola. She is quick as a whip and I hope a family falls in love with her. She is so fun and quick. The dogs all loved her and she slept in bed with me and is such a sweetheart. I really miss her.
Maya is Vivian and Barbara’s rescue and she is a tiny 13 lb. sweet heart of a little girl who had the good fortune to go to NJ this trip too.
Here is my beautiful Sasha. I call her Cha Cha and she was with me for almost a year. She was hairless when she came to me through another rescuer and I spent many a Friday afternoon bathing my girl and giving her medications to heal her skin. She is so beautiful and so lovely. I can’t believe she’s gone. I still go outside and expect to see her. I’m really glad she’s with a super foster family and that she will be adopted but it is bitter sweet for me because I really do love and miss her. I love them all but when they are with me for so long, they become old friends.
Now For Some of The Kids Still Here:
Meet Minnie. She is also a Golden Retriever and kind of looks like Goldie but she’s younger and very puppy like. She is in need of Heartworm treatment so until I can get the donations to cover that, she will be with me. Minnie is already sterilized and vaccinated. If you would like to help her get her treatment please donate through the button on this blog or you can send a check to Amigos de los Animales, PO Box 79169, Carolina, PR 00984.
This little baby girl’s name is Lucy and she is also Heartworm positive and waiting for treatment. She is as adorable and sweet as she looks. She loves to laze with the other doglets. I found her by the ocean hidden and shivering in some shrubs. People near there told me she had been hiding there for days. She had recently given birth and was apparently thrown out without her babies. She was so sad and pitiful. Now she is the light of our home:)
This is my girl Gina. She has been here for a long time too – almost a year, just because she looks like a Pit Bull. She’s really a boxer mix and maybe just a little Pit but her personality is so far from what people consider the Pit Bull personality. She is a perfect dog and is extremely adoptable. Now that she’s a young adult, she doesn’t jump up but expects to be petted and hugged. She loves dogs, children and adults and she is so playful, smart and fun. I would love to see her go to a great home.
This precious girl’s name is Nana. If you have followed along this blog for any length of time, you will now that my girl has been here for well over a year and she needs a great home. She was Heartworm positive but has been treated and is now negative. Nana is SO ready for her forever home. Please adopt my Nana, she’s the best girl anyone could ever want.
Here we have a mosh pit of some of our adorable doglets.
I love these kids!
The Klutz sisters Princess and Cosita against Gina.
They are playing tug of war with a bone!
Below are the Kluz Sisters. Princessa is on top and Cosita (means little thing) is below. They were left here by a would be rescuer who fell short. They were full of mange and in poor shape. Now they have all their hair and they are as precious and goofy as 9 month old puplets would be. They are constantly playing and they adore other dogs and kids. They are ready for their forever homes too.
Aggie came from the same rescuer in Toa Baja as Sasha. She was also bald and very skinny but now she is a beautiful sweet and friendly little girl who loves to kiss, and she is looking for her forever family who will treat her as tender as she is.
Here is Natasha. She was hairless little baby dog when I found her over a year ago on my beach. She and another boy who looked like her brother were just dumped one weekend. After a few days the little boy had been tragically run down by a car in the restaurant parking lot near by so even though we were crowded, I brought her home so the same thing wouldn’t happen to her. She is a loving little girl who loves to be cuddled and belly rubbed. Now, after many Friday baths, dips and medication, Tasha’s hair is grown in a beautifully and she is truly a lovely girl. She, as are all of my kids, is sterilized and vaccinated. And she is also Heartworm negative. Tasha needs a good loving home with kids who will play with her.
Little Jojo came from a hoarder in Lajas. He was just a baby then and he was completely bald. His hair has grown back and he is sweet and playful. He is about 8 months old and ready for a great home.
These two little girls below look like they are Sharpei mixes but they will stay small because they’re already 7 months old and weigh about 15 lbs. each. Our little blond girl’s name is Baby and the Black pup’s name is Humble. They were very scared little girls but have come out of their shells and are enjoying being fed and cared for. They also like hanging out with the big dogs.
Sparky was sent to Wag On Inn early February. He was a wonderful foster and was adopted by a lovely young couple who adore him. He got very sick and my heroes from Wag On Inn, Kathy Miles and Adienne Gnassi paid the steep doctor bill and made sure that his new family were able to keep their Sparky. What a lucky boy he is to have been rescued and to be so loved and protected. These kids never knew life could be so good.
On a very sad note, my precious Sammy died. He was so hard to catch because he had been on the beach for two years and was very scared of rock throwing humans. He was so hungry and I could tell he was going downhill. He seemed to be going through so much so when Dr. Daran and Colleen came they helped me finally catch him. He was in Dr. Casta’s office for so long because he was being treated for cancer, Heartworm, Erlichia, Anaplasma and all kinds of other infections. I promised him whenever I would visit him that he would never suffer like that again. I was willing to keep him even if I couldn’t find him a home, just so he could have a good life. He seemed to understand what I was saying and what I felt and he started to trust me and wag his tail everytime I came to see him. He would smile at me and kiss my face. After awhile I was able to bring him home. It looked like he was going to make it and we grew so close. But he took a turn for the worse after his first heartworm treatment and I lost him. I cried for days and it’s still hard to write or talk about it. At first Kathy was the only person I told because I cried the whole time I explained it to her. She understands these things because she goes through them herself. My Sammy was a treasure and a sweet boy – we loved and trusted each other. I miss my smiley boy.
Here are some of my lovely rescue friends. Edith works as the receptionist at Dr. Katia Esteve’s office and here she is pictured on the left. Below her is Dra. Katia Esteves who has been caring for our rescues. On the next photo, on the left is Carolina, who is a vet tech at her office. Dr. Esteves also rescues and she has a heart of pure gold. I am so grateful for having found her and hope we can work together for many many years to come.
Below is my adorable big fat girl, Mama. Her owner died and the family just put her out on the street. She got pregnant and had 6 puplets. Then a very wonderful man named Frank took her in and found homes for the pups. He called me and the rest is history. My big fat Rottie boy Moose is very old and was getting depressed so when big Mama came in the yard, he immediately fell in love with her. She loves him too and they are such great company for each. I always need a couple big dogs to keep the others safe and unwanted neighbors out so she got the job!
Thanks for reading folks. Please don’t forget to donate when you can and always adopt the adoptable!