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In Spain, special food is desperately needed for several puppies!
Isabel and the few other volunteers had to rescue many seriously injured dogs in recent weeks : they are overwhelmed with medical expenses.
However, several puppies are currently hosted at the shelter : aged from a few weeks to 2 months old, they all need special dog food to stay healthy, and to grow properly.
We want to help them by sending 672 kg of puppy food as soon as possible.
Mayela had been hiding in bushes for several days to protect her pups when she was reported to the association. It was very difficult to catch her, as she was so frightened by the human presence for her and her little ones....
In recent weeks, rescues have been coming one after the other, mostly for very young puppies, sometimes aged only a few days...
Isabel and the others managed to find foster care and/or adopters for some of them, but there are too many : 10 puppies are still hosted at the shelter!
Puppy food is essential for them to stay healthy, and for their growth to fo smoothly. But the financial burden is huge for Isabel and the few other rescuers involved, they cannot go on that way.
Recently found, Esperanza was frighteningly thin, and had a large wound on the top of her skull... The association took care of her, as well as the necessary medical examinations and treatments
In addition to having rescued several puppies at the same time, the association also had to come into action on various critical rescues recently, related to abuse, extreme malnutrition or road accidents for the most part.
Injured and sometimes very depleted, several dogs required urgent and expensive veterinary care. They have thus exhausted the association's budget, which cannot buy anymore puppy food!
We can come into action, we have already booked a truck and pallets, but we have to pay it before the 13/04.
If the collection fails, we will not be able to pay, the departure of the truck will be cancelled and none of the collected kibbles will be delivered...
If the collection fails, we will refund all donors.
Launched in 2016, the association is based on a small core of volunteers: 9 in total, only 4 of whom are invested on a daily basis in the management of the shelter and the care of the dogs.
Isabel is a photographer and naval engineering student: she still goes there every day to clean, feed the dogs, heal wounds if there are any, distribute the medicines that need to be distributed, and allow these dogs to get out of their pens and have affection. Nearly 30km must be covered to get to the vet, and rescues are often made at night, requiring hours and hours of patience to search for the dogs, and to catch them.
"Everything we do is voluntary, we don't earn a cent. On the contrary, sometimes things are paid for by ourselves or with the help of our closest relatives. We all have a professional life outside the shelter, we do what we do only out of love."
The municipality only paid for the shelter's construction, and provides no subsidies to the association. Isabel and the others fight on their own to rescue dogs and care for them on the long run. Their efforts brought the help of three small associations, who mainly help for adoptions: Bodegueros sans chaîne (France), Corazon Animal Rescue and Friends of Animals (Netherlands). Unfortunately, all of them have limited resources and cannot cover the expenses involved in the shelter.
As of now, food is almost exclusively financed by direct donations whenever there are some, the volunteers themselves or their relatives. As time goes by, it gets harder and harder to always rely on the same people, and the network isn't big enough to cover unexpected exepenses such as the ones endured by the association right now!
A recent study from the Spanish Nature Protection Service (Seprona) reported 10,920 offences related to injuries to domestic animals in 2018 alone.... An alarming figure which, however, is far from representing all animal abuse in the country, which most of the time goes unpunished.
Commonly used for hunting, dogs are at the centre of these abuses: beaten and barely fed, hunting dogs are thrown into the street at the slightest sign of weakness. Exhausted and abused, dogs are often too weak to survive alone in the wild.
Across Spain, several shelters exist and are struggling to offer a second chance to these dogs rejected by others...
The 672 kg of puppy food will be used to feed the 10 puppies in the Huellas con Esperanza shelter, as well as Mayela who is still breastfeeding babies. They will also be used to feed any other puppy rescued by Isabel and her team in the coming weeks.
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