December 11, 2013
We can't do everything but one thing we can do is spread the word, help change people's perceptions. One of the many things I love about Fabienne and the philosophy she has stamped on El Refugio and A.C.E. is the value she puts on every single dog. No one gets turned away - and that includes the oldies. If it wasn't for A.C.E. so many innocent old ones who have faithfully served their bosses would have met a fate like this poor, sweet fellow.
December 07, 2013
December 06, 2013
... they do happen and they truly are miracles. But miracles don't just happen, they need a bit of help. Help in the form of devotion, care, an attitude that says 'never give up, never give up, never give up.' In this post you'll see just a few of our recent miracles. Only weeks ago you wouldn't have given much for their survival. Thanks to the care of all at El Refugio and above all to the determined love of their foster parents they have not only survived. They are healthy and happy.
DeDiego aka Henry
We found him chained to our gates, more dead than alive. Never has the expression 'skin and bone' been more apt. Yet in spite of this the little tail was wagging.
You could barely see the colour of his coat, there was so little fur on his small body.
Look at the sweet chap now. He's well on the road to recovery, thanks to the special care of our vets who took him into their home and fostered him while he healed.
He was dumped with his friend Tygo. Our vets didn't hold out much hope, he was in such a terrible state. Sloeber too had given up, he didn't want to go on. His foster mother had other ideas.
Thanks to her loving care and her refusal to give up, this handsome loveable dog is now better and looking forward to a new life. Thanks to her he has recovered the will to live.
Fabienne was driving late at night when she suddenly saw a dog dash across the dangerous road. She stopped, expecting to have difficulty catching it. Much to Fabienne's surprise the dog jumped straight into the car and promptly fell asleep. Her suppurating wounds stank - she was suffering from terrible neglect - Fabienne drove her straight to the vet.
Thanks to the care she received Vida was soon on the road to recovery.
Just look at this beautiful girl now. These photographs were taken barely a week after she was found.
... thanks to the hard work and devotion to everyone at El Refugio, all the volunteers and foster parents and adoptive parents in Spain, Netherlands and Belgium - a vast and loving army of rescuers.
Thanks once again to Ineke for the splendid collage.
I hope that Fabienne will take hope and comfort from the knowledge that she has honoured Amadeus and all her other beloved dogs who are no longer with us. She has rescued thousands and thousands over the years. It's up to all of us to save not buy. There is no reason to buy. Even if you want a particular breed, there are rescue organisations devoted to all the different breeds - Staffies, Galgos, Greyhounds, Terriers - all of them. It's over to us now to spread the word.