Dogs With Heart
Changing the Lives of Suffering Street Dogs living among the Elephants
Our animal-related service has primarily focused on elephants, yet it has proven impossible to turn away from the family dogs living in pain in the rural villages, and the street dogs struggling to survive on every road. Many of the street dogs have no home at all, but even those with a human family suffer from mange, tick fever, parvo, injuries, and malnutrition. The majority of subsistence farmers do their best to care for their dogs, but simply do not have the means to get them the medical care they need. But with sustainable intervention, these dogs, and the people around them, can live much happier, healthier lives.
Although it stretches our funding to the limit, we know you would feel the call to help as well if you witnessed the fear and pain in their eyes before they receive the help they need. To see so many innocent animals , and then to witness the incredible changes that occur with basic medicine and nutrition, renews our promise to never turn away, to always find a way to help, no matter the cost.
We bring medication and food along with us no matter where we are headed, for even if it is not a “dog day”, around every bend there are always dogs imploring someone to stop and help. Sometimes Elephant Love is more about the size of the love (big!), than about the size of the animal that it serves.
One might look at this Family Dog and think his owners to be cruel. We admit that it’s easy to harshly judge when a dog looking like this fellow is brought to our mobile outreach. And yet, his family DOES love him, and walked a long way in the summer heat and cross-monsoon for 3 clinics in a row, to get the help they wanted but could not access or afford.
We apologize for this poor photo collage, but wanted to show you that THIS is just one example of what your support of Dogs With Heart is doing! (And we promise, better photos coming soon! We’re in the field all the time and on the computer only when there is fierce monsoon). But in less than 3 months, one dog’s life was forever changed, and just as importantly, so were the lives of his human family. But it didn’t stop there. When the villagers witnessed what seemed like a miracle, they came pouring out of their homes, bringing their dogs, their puppies, and even their cats, often traveling long distances on foot, by pedal bike, or even by tractor, waiting patiently, sometimes for hours in the jungle heat, to help their animals get well. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for helping us help them create a kinder world…