Emergency Vet Care for Street Dogs in Costa Rica

by The Community Action Alliance
Emergency Vet Care for Street Dogs in Costa Rica
Emergency Vet Care for Street Dogs in Costa Rica
Emergency Vet Care for Street Dogs in Costa Rica
Emergency Vet Care for Street Dogs in Costa Rica
Emergency Vet Care for Street Dogs in Costa Rica
Emergency Vet Care for Street Dogs in Costa Rica
Emergency Vet Care for Street Dogs in Costa Rica
Emergency Vet Care for Street Dogs in Costa Rica
The Animal Welfare Committee
The Animal Welfare Committee

The Animal Welfare Committee has accomplished a great deal since it's inception three years ago. Our Global Giving spay/neuter project raised almost $10,000 through the end of 2014 and we spayed/neutered 750 dogs (and a few cats!), as well as rescuing and raising litters born to street dogs. Our Global Giving emergency vet care project raised over $2,000 during 2015, and we provided care for dogs hit by cars, bitten by poisonous snakes, dying from erlichia (a tick borne disease), and more. None of it would have been possible without your donations, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Both projects are now fully funded, and the good work continues with other resources.

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Elena is one of our many lucky dogs!
Elena is one of our many lucky dogs!

The $2,000 you donated in 2015 made a world of difference for street dogs who would otherwise have died. Dedicated volunteers donate their time and love, but they depend on your monetary donations to provide critical veterinary care. Thanks to you, we treated and saved dogs with an otherwise fatal tick disease (erlichia), dogs bitten by poisonous snakes, dogs hit by cars, and dogs with tumors. All of the dogs were also spayed/neutered, and had a place to call home this holiday season. 

There are still a few days left to make a tax deductible donation in 2015, and 100% of the donations we receive from GlobalGiving pay for emergency veterinary care for homeless street dogs.

THANK YOU for helping us save the lives of street dogs who need emergency veterinary care.

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Hershey is treated at a veterinary clinic.
Hershey is treated at a veterinary clinic.

How many people walked past this dog, and for how many days and weeks and months?  Fortunately she was still alive when someone finally stopped on their way to a day at the beach, but they need your help to pay her vet bills.  

The truth is that often people don't stop because they can't afford to.  They may not have money to feed her, let alone pay a veterinarian to treat her erlichia, a tick borne disease.  And the responsibility doesn't end there.  She needs to be spayed and placed in a forever home.  But in a country with an estimated one million street dogs, available homes are hard to find.  

Hershey has a name now, and she is receiving the love and care she deserves.  Please make a donation to help her and others like her.  

Hershey gets a medicated bath.
Hershey gets a medicated bath.
Clean, fed, medicated.  She needs time and love.
Clean, fed, medicated. She needs time and love.
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Bitten on the face by a poisonous viper.
Bitten on the face by a poisonous viper.

We would like to introduce two of the street dogs in Costa Rica whose lives you recently saved with donations for emergency veterinary care.

Vincent, a six month old puppy, was bitten by a poisonous snake and had just hours to live when he was taken to Dogland and surrendered by the poor Nicaraguan family who had been feeding him scraps.  Anti-venon costs $80 for a series of four shots, which we were able to provide, and Vincent made a full recovery.  But that’s not the end of the story.  A family in Germany is adopting Vincent, making him twice blessed!

Deeno, a sweet terrier mix, was found with a broken front leg.  The bone was sticking through the fur, and appeared to have been infected for some time.  Attempts to save the leg were unsuccessful, but Deeno seems much happier after the amputation that relieved him of his pain, and he has no trouble running around and playing with his buddies at Dogland!  Deeno is available for adoption.

Thank you for helping us help them!  Every donation makes a difference in a life.

Saved by anti-venon!
Saved by anti-venon!
A badly broken leg protruding through the skin.
A badly broken leg protruding through the skin.
Just three legs, but a happy face!
Just three legs, but a happy face!
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AIMEE "After" with Project Leader Michele Gawenka
AIMEE "After" with Project Leader Michele Gawenka

We love happy endings, and we'd like to share Aimee's with you.  Aimee was homeless and starving when she was brought to one of our spay/neuter clinics in a very poor barrio of San Ramon, Costa Rica.  In addition to skin wounds, she was suffering from advanced erlichia, a tick disease that is always fatal if left untreated.  Helene Wirt, one of our local rescuers and owner of Dogland, took Aimee "home."  And thanks to your generous donations for emergency veterinary care, Aimee is now happy and healthy and ready for her forever family.  If you are interested in an international adoption, or would like to sponsor Aimee at Dogland, please contact us!

AIMEE "Before" (the day she was rescued).
AIMEE "Before" (the day she was rescued).
Spraying  Aimee's skin wounds at the clinic.
Spraying Aimee's skin wounds at the clinic.
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The Community Action Alliance

Location: San Ramon, Alajuela - Costa Rica
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Project Leader:
Michele Gawenka
San Ramon, Alajuela Costa Rica

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