It takes a village to rescue a dog ...
January 23rd was a life-changing day for three senior dogs who otherwise faced a grim future. Charley (female), PeeWee, and Boris came to us from the SPA – Beauce-Etchemin. These three dogs were family pets who were brought to the SPA-- old, worn, and unwanted. Sadly, the SPA did their utmost but they do not have the funds for the veterinary care required for these cases. Man’s best friend – unfortunately, that phrase does not apply to these dogs before they were rescued.
How did they get to Animatch? *Les ailes canadiennes du sauvetage (Pilots ‘n Paws) , aka “angels with metal wings”, are a group of devoted pilots and dog lovers. Marc Alexandre Beaulieu, the transport coordinator for PNPC in Quebec , ensured that everyone was in place to make this work. After a few delays for bad weather, these canines flew in the lap of luxury – a privately owned B737. The plane is owned by a mining company and is used to transport employees. No cargo hold for these pooches, they rode in style and were welcomed on board by the flight crew. They were helped along the way by airport staff at Jean Lesage and Trudeau airports. When they finally arrived, Animatch Volunteer couple, Lynda and Chris packed them up for the final leg of their journey to the Animatch Centre. One more stop left – their forever home.
All three will eventually go up for adoption and Animatch will ensure that they find the home that will love and care for them for the rest of their days. Before adoption we must see to their medical needs. Charley is nearly deaf and cataracts make her virtually blind, but she wiggles like only a Pug can when you pet and give her love. Pee Wee was dubbed the “sad one” by our Photographer, Gary. Our goal is to change that. His teeth are rotten and the infection this has caused goes right up into his sinus cavity. Despite the agony, soft words and warm cuddles are always appreciated. Last but not least by any mean, Boris, the Basset. This sweet guy has severe ear infections, rotten teeth, and skin that is itchy. In other words, he’s a hot mess right now. Despite the fact that he is so uncomfortable, his droopy eyes show gratitude.
Rescues such as these take a whole lot of planning, dedication, and hard work. Thanks to all involved -- the SPA – Beauce/Etchemin for their determination to find a solution for these dogs. The Les ailes canadiennes du sauvetage (Pilots n Paws) for coordinating the venture. The ground and flight crews who welcomed these confused pooches on their trip. Our own Animatch Volunteers for going out on a cold wintery day to make sure these dogs were met with kind faces. If Charley, Peewee, and Boris could, the would say, “THANK YOU”