Apr 28, 2008

New dogs


There are 5 new dogs at the beach and just in a weekend. One of them is Jenny, a super-sweet and friendly young Jack Russell mix.

Apr 25, 2008

Ross & Phoenix

Ross

Phoenix

This week we lost two good friends: Ross an Phoenix. Both of them were rescuesd several weeks ago but the signs of abuse and being neglected were evident in both of them. Despite that, they were very friendly and they would have been excellent companions for someone who could have appreciated that. Ross was severely emaciated and dehydrated and apparently, at some point he received injuries that were still causing him problems. And Phoenix had a cancerous tumor in his abdomen and he had scars from older injuries too. I will never understand why people can throw away an old friend just like that.

Apr 22, 2008

Rescue Blues

This is in response to someone who recently sent me a message. I answered in spanish, so I still don't have a translation. It's actually a summary of everything I said in this blog about the government and some agencies attitude:

La situacion no ha cambiado. Es decir, despues de lo de Barceloneta la compania de turismo y algunos municipios inmediatamente empeazon a buscar "soluciones", mas bien basado en el hecho de que les "dolia" en el bolsillo, no porque se interesaran realmente.

Es bien conocido por aqui que alededor de los hoteles en Yabucoa envenenaban perros y luego los tiraban en la maleza en los alrededores. Muchos turistas que se quedaban en esos hoteles comenzaron a quejarse en internet y en periodicos de EU por la peste a perro muerto que habia en el lugar a la vez que sentian pena por las condiciones en que veian los pocos que quedaban vivos. Despues de lo de Barceloneta, los envenenamientos pararon misteriosamente. Y de repente, la asociacion de hoteleros y la compania de turismo anuncian que en diciembre 2008 tendrian una convencion sobre "bienestar animal" para sorpresa de todos los rescatistas. Los rescatistas fueron invitados diciendoles que la compania de turismo y los hoteleros esbaban en la mejor disposicion de ayudar e incluso se formo la infame coalicion para el bienestar de los animales supuestamente en cooperacion de los rescatistas. Hablaron de reforzar la vigilancia y participacion de la policia sobre casos de abandono y maltrato y de educar a la ciudadania sobre el tema.

Despues de poco tiempo fue evidente que todos fuimos enganados. Turismo, hoteles y otras agencias del gobierno estuvieron reuniendose entre si y con los municipios SIN CONTAR PARA NADA CON LAS ORGANIZACIONES DE RESCATE como prometieron y resolvieron hacer recogidos de animales para ser "puestos a dormir" en todas partes y sin avisar. Fue un shock para todos, porque ellos sabian que nosotros habiamos estado invirtiendo tiempo y dinero para para mantener a estos animales sanos, esterilizados y vacunados mientras los podiamos rescatar poco a poco. En 2 anos, entre varias organizaciones sacamos mas de 300 perros y gatos de la playa de Yabucoa e unnumerables ocasiones pedimos la cooperacion del municipio y la policia para frenar el abandono de animales en la playa de Yabucoa. Parecian interesados pero a la larga todo caia en oidos sordos.

Hace unos meses empezaron el recogido de animales y al otro dia de eso anunciaron la "adopcion de la playa" por parte del municipio, lo cual es una basura y todo "fronte" porque adopcion o no el municipio TIENE que encarcarse de mantener la playa limpia y segura. Ahora nadie esta mas contento que los hoteleros, porque desde que el municipio recoge los animales los envenenamientos bajaron y todovia tienen el descaro de decir que ellos no tenian nada que ver con los envenenamientos. Todavia esta por verse lo de la vigilancia y educacion que prometieron...

La gente sigue abandonando animales alli, casi nunca se ven patrullas y aunque esten, no importa porque abandonan animales incluso en su cara y como que no se dan cuenta. Yo soy testigo de eso--en una ocasion vi a alguien abandonar 2 perros casi en frente de una patrulla; tome el numero de tablilla y fui donde los policias, quienes me dijeron, y cito " eso no tiene que ver con nosotros"... De cuando aca los delitos no tienen que ver con la policia??? Para que les pagan entonces? Afortunadamente no todos son asi, pero estos que me tocaron estaban caidos de la mata.

De que sirve que el municipio recoja animales, si no hacen nada para que la gente los siga abandonando? Es como poner dinero en saco roto. Lo que necesitaos realmente es control de "humanos", no de animales.

Apr 14, 2008

Nancy

Nancy was abandoned at the beach and was there less than a week. She was still wearing a collar when I saw her for the first time and obviously was someone's pet. Last saturday she was showing signs of been poisoned and was rushed to the vet. She died over the weekend. The poison they used is "illegal" here--as illegal as throwing dogs to the streets... Where is justice, where is the law, where ere the people who are supposed to enforce it?

Last week, people from the municipality were cleaning the beach of coconuts and fallen palmtrees while most of the "real garbage" always remains there--funny, isn't it? Most of that garbage can be recycled and yet they only pick up a small fraction of it.

Apr 9, 2008

Meet Krizia



This is Krizia, a three months old, possibly Chihuahua mix. Very sweet girl.

Apr 8, 2008

All I want for Christmas...

If we had forced pet registry, law-enforcement and education--all this will reduce dramatically the number of pets abandoned on the streets, most of them good and healthy pets. That's all we ask! But different agencies from the government and tourism keep insisting in bandage the situation with patches that come off very fast--can't they see that they are spending too much in "patches" instead of solving the real problem? It's all a facade. What we really need is "human control" not "animal control". I'm still waiting for these agencies to fufill their promises about education, survaillance and blah, blah, blah.... you know, the usual crap you hear in election year.

Apr 2, 2008

New dog needs help



This dog has been at the beach for at least a week and a half, but he never got close to me until today. I noticed that he has a huge tumor coming out of his left side that reach the genital area and he has no testicles either. It's either a tumor or someome shot him or wounded and that may be his intestines coming out of the wound. When i saw him for the first time I saw something reddish at his side but I couldn't distinguish what was it. That means he has been at the beach all this time like that, and that obviously bothers him to walk. He is nice and friendly.

Apr 1, 2008

Kiera



I was at the beach looking for Byron to take him to the vet. I didn't see him but on my way out I saw this small puppy at the side of the road and took her instead. She was trying to eat some chicken bones someone threw away. She must be around 2 months old and was thin and dehydrated. She's a sweetheart--look at those green eyes strangely combined with a black coat.
I will try to get Byron tomorrow.