There are many great and wonderful things about this country. But as there is ying and yang throughout the world, and DR is no exception, there are many dark sides. This country is poverty stricken. With human poverty comes many devastations. The devastation to humanity pulls at the heartstrings. Humanity’s inhumanity to animals in this country also pulls at the heartstrings. The reality is that there isn’t enough money to go around. People cannot help themselves in many ways, let alone help animals. I will be showcasing humanitarian efforts in later blogs in greater detail. This blog is the focus of .. Tiki!
A little over two weeks ago, I came home with Tiki. She had her neck shaved, or the hair was worn off, not sure which, it is now growing back. She had mites, they are under control. She was de-parasited, de-flead, and vaccinated (all for under 10 dollars). She was a very sad and depressed little kitten. She was so skinny and delicate that I could feel every bone in her body. I was worried that I would break her. Kitten kibble did not sit well with her and she wasn’t eating. She was becoming listless. Sardines … saved the day. In DR they are cheaper than cat food anyways!
I’m happy, very happy to say that she is now thriving. She has almost doubled in size and I can no longer feel her bones. She is glued to my side. Should have named her “Kling-on”.
Many days I see kittens, literally dying in the streets or dying on the garbage piles here. I’ve seen kittens so dehydrated that they had no eyes, injuries are astronomical. I wish that I could bring every last one of them home. But that is like laundry. There is no end. The same, can be said for dogs. Between being hit by cars, internal parasites, fleas, mange, rabies, and other diseases, homeless animals suffer. What once starts as a healthy puppy born on the street soon becomes exposed. I cannot count the numbers of strays, but I know I have 5 stray dogs on my street and more than that for cats. In Dominican Republic, that’s a commonality.
I wish, I were a vet with unlimited resources.
That being said, there are a few organizations here, a few pet rescues that are always in desperate need of volunteers or funding. These are three that I know of:
Thank you to these organizations that are working little miracles … and some big ones!
Listen to the palms…
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