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Animals living on the street can easily become injured. A territorial fight with another dog can cause a puncture wound, a speeding bike can fracture a limb, and poor nutrition and stress can lead to conditions like mange and other illnesses.
Many animals are fed by the community but they are very rarely pet or handled and they are usually not allowed inside the house. This means that an animal with an infected wound, or who has become sick and stopped eating is often unnoticed until their condition has become serious. The stress of living on the street and having to search for food throughout the day and avoid traffic also worsens health problems.
Every time we rescue an animal, we provide information and raise awareness so that animals in need are reported to us as soon as possible.Learn more about our community outreach and education
Wounds, fractures and trauma care
Our medical team cleans and bandages wounds, splints fractures, and treats infection, swelling and pain from morning until night. We provide large open spaces where recovering animals can socialize and exercise, and kennels and smaller enclosures for dogs and puppies who need quiet and bed rest.
We vaccinate all of our rescued dogs against rabies, distemper, parvo and other viruses and spay and neuter them before returning them to their neighborhood.
Mange and other skin diseases
Medicine, baths, nutritious food, and lots of love heal dogs suffering from skin disease, most commonly mange. Dogs with mange usually take 4-6 weeks to fully recover depending on the severity. Even the most debilitated animals can heal, which we see in their transformations in both body and spirit every day.
Viruses and other illnesses
Viruses like distemper and parvo are devastating to puppies on the street as well as animals suffering from weakened immunity. Animals with signs of infectious conditions stay in our isolation area and receive specialized care to help them recover.
We have two operating rooms. One is located in our main hospital site where our surgical team performs amputations, tumor removals, wound repairs, and other life-saving surgeries. Our Spay and Neuter Center, located 10 minutes from our main hospital site, has 80 kennels where we operate on all healthy dogs before being released.Learn more about spay and neuter
Weary and weaving with illness, this desperate girl was dying from mange when we rescued her.
Mange is particularly dangerous for street dogs because when their itching becomes severe, they often become to agitated that they begin wandering without aim into other territories and neighborhoods where they cannot find food or rest. Mary is alive because a kind person called us and stayed with her, never letting her out of his sight until our ambulance arrived.
We encounter every imaginable injury and illness that street animals face, and each species and each individual has unique needs. During their stay with us they regain their health, strength, confidence and trust.
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