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943566c0-055c-4123-9870-10458ee9a4ebI am sure you’ve seen Tiara’s snippets on our facebook page from when she arrived and some snippets of the days that followed.   Some people felt it was cruel to let her live and I have to be honest, that rattled me a bit.   Why would she not deserve a chance at life?   Maybe, those people did not believe that we would be up to the task of saving her.   Maybe, it was just too difficult for them to see her in that condition, and I understand that.   Maybe, it’s because people do not know or understand how much work and effort, us humans put into these very special cases.

We have really good relationships with our vets, we work as a team, especially when it comes to these crisis situations. All decisions with regards to the quality of life for the dogs in our care are never made lightly. If we as a team, think that there is a chance for a dog to pull through or recover from the trauma he/she has been for, we commit to their all over well-being for as long as the dog wants to live   And we do the best we can, with what we have.

I read a comment (I know, never read the comments!), on a social media post that was about a tortured and abused dog. Many of the comments were: “Calm down, it’s just a dog”.   A sentient living being was killed with insufferable violence, and people must calm down.   Where does this mind set even start?   I am fairly sure this mindset filters through to other aspects of this person’s life. Does it start with seeing a starving dog running next to the road and we ignore her because she’s just a dog? What about when she starts to slow down because she is hungry, tired and weak?   What if the next week, we drive passed that same dog, who is now mostly lying down and not bothered to lift her head any more?   Do we just leave her there because she’s just a dog?

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By some luck shot, one of those dogs manage to end up by us, our vet said that a week later she would have been dead. We felt upset, and sick to our stomach’s about her condition, her sadness, how tired she was, her dull eyes.   Yet when I opened my car door she found some energy and jumped inside. The little bit of hope that day was that our vet had the exact right treatment for her to be able to administer it immediately.   So things were looking up.   And yet, comments were made that we should put her out of her misery.   That she is suffering, we must end it.   The same people who are quick to comment that “someone must please do something!’

2e238a19-1760-46c6-87fa-ac5089fed03eWell, we are those someones that are doing something. We are the ones who collect the pieces and try to put them back together again.   We never really go home after a day’s work, because these animals are always on our minds.   We’re also the ones who often feel very helpless when it feels like we are fighting a battle we can never win, yet we keep on fighting.

We need more people on our team, and it does not mean you have to physically come and try to bath a dog with a broken pelvis, or take a dog for her chemo session and hope nothing drips on you because your hair will fall out.   You could be part of our team by choosing to ‘do something’. Encourage your friends to send a SMS to our SMS-line, donate old towels, blankets, dog beds.   Get involved with some of our fund raising campaigs.   Encourage family and friends to sterlise their dogs. Become the person who adopts dogs.   I can go on and on, there are so many ways to get involved.

 Right now we are desperately needing to build a recovery area for dogs like Tiara, who really needs it. December and January is coming and I personally dread thinking about the cases that will be coming in during that time.   A small gesture towards helping us, is all I’m asking. You might be reading this and think that someone else will probably help them. But we are asking you, because you are someone.

By Tersha, Caregiver

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