Silent Victims of Venezuela Crisis
Caracas, Venezuela - When people can not afford to feed themselves and their children, the first major decision they are faced with is, “How are we going to feed our dog?” The answer to that question is easy: “Our kids and family come first.”
How Pets are Abandoned
Rather than watch their pets starve, they choose to abandon them in the streets. They simply drive 5-10 km from home, and then open the car door, let the pet out, and then quickly drive away. This is the typical way dogs are abandoned in Venezuela.
South American Initiative & GlobalGiving to the Rescue
The best humanitarian action for these abandoned stray pets is to rescue them from the streets, nurse them back to health, give them vaccinations, regular feedings, lots of love, and attention.
SAI Abandoned Pet Protocol
After all that is achieved, the next best move for each dog is to be adopted by a vetted, loving, responsible family. Thanks to our generous donors, this is the exact protocol SAI follows when rescuing abandoned dogs in Venezuela.
SAI takes it one step further by spaying or neutering the dogs when they are healthy enough to handle the surgery. With over 3 million stray dogs roaming the streets of Venezuela, it is important that we spray or neuter all of the animals.
Besides food, these rescue animals are given rabies, distemper & parvo vaccinations, as well as a deworming treatment, and a fast-acting oral flea treatment.
At SAI we do all this for our rescued dogs. It gives each dog an opportunity to be adopted by a loving, caring family.
We Need Your Help to Continue to Rescue Abandoned Pets
For the past few months we have provided food and medical supplies to the following:
- SEPTEMBER: 162 abandoned pets have received care (6 of the dogs were adopted).
- OCTOBER:168 abandoned pets have received care
We started this GlobalGiving project with a goal of $20,000. So far, we have received just under 5% of our goal.
New Animal Shelter For 200 More Dogs
SAI is building a new animal shelter that will be able to accommodate up to 200 more dogs at one facility. This facility will include a spacious yard for the dogs to run and play. It will include clean drinking water, a medical examination and surgery room, individual places for each dog to sleep, and a consistent supply of pet meds, toys, and nutritious food.
Help Us Rescue More Dogs!
If you love animals like we love these dogs, please help us rescue more abandoned animals with your donations. It can be a little as $8 or as much a $500; whatever amount you are able to give.With your support, we will continue to take care of these abandoned animals and find responsible families to adopt them. Please continue to help us rescue abandoned dogs by donating today! Thank you!
This report reflects the generous donations from GlobalGiving, A&G Animal Assistance Fund, and SAI donors.