Pakita's sick and expecting!
Dry food offered
Dry food necessary
In a few days, Miguel's shelter will be out of food for its 102 dogs!
In Spain, the hunting season has just ended, leading to many abandonments.
In his shelter, Miguel has already taken in many dogs, and is expecting several dozen in the coming weeks.
The city hall refused to provide him with a grant, no foundation agrees to help him: Miguel finds himself alone with huge costs he simply cannot afford.
He can only count on one association, which is going through a bad time, and is unable to buy anymore food at this stage.
To help them, we want to send 4320 kg of dry food as soon as possible.
February 19th 2019, early morning: Miguel could catch this male wandering with a broken leg, since called Galileo. He bought him to the vet immediately. His neck wound is certainly due to the ripping off of his chip, which is typical of the abandoned after the hunting season...
In Spain, when hunting season ends, plenty of galgos and podencos (the main breeds of dogs used by hunters) are abandoned if their owners feel they have not hunted well enough. Some of them even suffer unimaginable abuse, the hunters thereby "clearing their honor"...
For Miguel, it's the worst time of the year: each winter, he witnesses a huge wave of abandonments around him. He can't resign himself to letting them die, especially since those dogs are usually no more than three years old when thrown out.
Thanks to the French association “Celtiques lévriers et Cie”, 10 dogs have been adopted since our last collection. But within 2 weeks, Miguel has already rescued as many abandoned hunter's dogs...
As every year, the shelter will continue to fill up in the coming weeks: Miguel estimates that there are still 30 or 40 more dogs to arrive...
Unfortunately, he has no more dog food to feed those who are already at the shelter!
We are able to take action, we have already booked a truck and pallets, but we have to pay our transporter before February 26th.
If the collection fails, we will not be able to pay, the departure of the truck will be cancelled and none of the collected food will be delivered...
If the collection fails, we will refund all donors.
Leishmaniasis is a chronic parasitic disease very present in dogs in Spain. It can be lethal if not managed. In dogs, leishmaniasis causes skin problems, faulty kidney function and diarrhea.
Besides extra cleaning and disinfection work for Miguel, the weight of this disease is also financial: sick dogs must undergo a lifetime of therapy, and a regular medical follow-up should be provided...
If we send Miguel dog food, his expenses will be lightened and he will be able to continue taking care of sick dogs!
During the winter, the shelter was affected by an epidemic of canine parvovirosis, a kind of extremely contagious gastroenteritis, and very often deadly to puppies.
Several babies died because of it while they had just been taken out of the street and not even had a name yet... This disease transmitting among other things through feces, Miguel needs to pay even more attention to boxes hygiene, particularly those where he keeps puppies...
Miguel asked the city council and the foundations to help him: they all refused. The city council is already subsidizing the municipal impoundment and does not want to fund a private shelter.
The financing of the shelter therefore depends only on Miguel’s personal income and the support of French association Celtiques lévriers et Cie.
But this association is also on its last legs… We are their last and only hope!
Every month, the association Celtiques lévriers et Cie already pays half of the rent for the land where the shelter is located.
Down on its luck, it recently had to face a black series: massive arrival of cats to sterilize and vaccinate, previously adopted dogs abandoned under false pretexts and in bad shape, emergencye rescue of an epileptic dog...
"We only collect donations on our Facebook page and during store operations, but what we manage to get is largely insufficient to cover our costs", Sandrine, the vice-president of Celtiques lévriers et Cie association, explains.
Now there is no money left at all.
In Spain, galgos are locked in the cellars of their owners and only go out to hunt.
They are beaten if their efforts are inconclusive, scarcely fed, and thrown into the street when they no longer run fast enough to win the hunting contests.
Exhausted and abused, dogs are often too weak to survive alone in nature.
Miguel welcomes them to his refuge: he heals their wounds, nourishes them, and offers them a quality of life that those dogs have never known before. Unfortunately, the care given to them is expensive: Miguel can no longer afford to buy kibbles!
As his full-time employment does not allow him to be present at the shelter all the time, two volunteers help with collecting donations and equipment, construction of new boxes, care and treatment of sick animals, etc.
He comes to the shelter in the morning before going to work, comes back at his lunch break, and comes back again in the evening after his long day at work!
Miguel dedicated his entire life to the animal cause. He’s very humble and usually tries to deal with his problems on his own: if today Miguel accepts our help, it is because the situation is really serious...
If the collection succeeds, the 4320kg collected will be given to the 102 dogs gathered in Miguel’s shelter.
They will also allow Miguel to go on hosting galgos abandonned after hunting season is over.
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