By Lori Kalef and Meredith Ayan, SPCA International Staff
When Simba was found by SOS Galgos volunteers in Toledo, Spain, earlier this month she was hiding between trees and had an olive branch embedded in her mouth, keeping her jaw from closing properly. This cruel trick is an all too common punishment used by hunters for Greyhounds that are not performing properly. Hunters that were near, denied any association to Simba thus avoiding any possible altercation. A “useless” Greyhound was not worth the fight, and the volunteers managed to quietly walk away with her and bring her to safety.
When our team first met Melody in a rural field in central Spain, she was locked in an enclosure with 2 other adult Greyhounds. There was no sign of other humans and barely any shade from the hot Spanish sun. As we approached the gate, we could tell that she was unsure of herself and if we meant any harm. We quickly offered her and her cage mates some food and water to relieve their hunger and thirst. One of the volunteers from SOS Galgos who lives in the area travels to their enclosure at twilight almost every evening to avoid being noticed and feeds them and many others kibble and treats.
By Lori Kalef, SPCA International
You may remember PAWS (Philippine Animal Welfare Society) as one of the organizations SPCA International has worked with on several occasions for disaster relief. Did you know that PAWS was also the first animal welfare organization to successfully lobby for an anti-cruelty law in the Philippines? The Animal Welfare Act of 1998 was passed into law to protect animals regulate humane treatment. After this huge victory 14 years ago, they are once again at the forefront of lobbying for amendments to this law. The goal is to increase penalties and prison terms for animal offenders, primarily for those who make a living from the horrendously cruel Dog Meat Trade.
By SPCA International staff
For close to two years, SPCA International has been involved in the welfare of the animals at a remote Buddhist Temple in Thailand about 45 minutes outside Bangkok’s city center.
After the big flooding in 2011, our team discovered this shocking “sanctuary” for animals, which was dubbed “Dog Condo” by locals. Inside this cesspool of feces and urine infected water and barely visible land, we found close to 1600 dogs and cats being looked after by only two women. Many were in cages, never leaving their perimeters for their entire lives and others who were found lucky to be roaming within the compound were often starving or disease ridden. During our first visit to Dog Condo, we learned that close to 300 dogs had drowned in the flood because they were not able to seek higher land. Many were found with their bellies split open in attempts to scale the high cement walls desperately searching for safety.
By Terri Crisp
There is no greater gift during the holidays than to spend them with family. Thanks to Operation Military Pets, 114 military families will get to celebrate this year with their beloved dogs and cats right in the middle of the festivities.
For some of the families, military orders came sooner than expected, leaving little to no time to raise the funds to transport their dog or cat to the family’s new duty location. There were also unexpected moving expenses that could not all be met with limited funds. Serious illnesses suddenly changed the best-laid plans. One family wrote in early November, “Sadly, I was one step away from having to put up posters to try and find our dog and cat a new home, but thankfully, I heard about Operation Military Pets in time. Now we will have all our kids with us and we could not be more grateful.”
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