In the poor community of Vrygrond, South Africa, a devastating outbreak of canine distemper virus has struck, causing severe neurological symptoms – and it is taking a toll on defenseless dogs! This highly contagious disease spreads like wildfire and leads to a slow and excruciating death. Vaccines are urgently required to bring it under control!
Canine distemper is a fatal disease that is wreaking havoc in low-income communities in South Africa, and we must act now!
In the slums of Vrygrond, living conditions are harsh and unforgiving. People have minimal to no access to food, water, proper care or shelter – so you can imagine how bad it is for the animals.
These animals are in desperate need of our help. They are falling victim to distemper and must also contend with skin diseases like mange and malnutrition.
We work in Vrygrond with TEARS, our long-standing partner in South Africa. Together, we face and deal with heartbreaking scenes: sick and dying dogs, puppies suckling starving mothers, and dogs bearing old, untreated, infected wounds from dog fights or stab wounds inflicted by gang members in the community. These animals are living a nightmare, battling a deadly outbreak of the canine distemper virus.
Among the countless animals resembling walking corpses, we found Nova…
She had mange so badly it caused a bacterial infection that made her skin rot and slough off, revealing painful, pus-filled cysts beneath necrotic flesh. The odor was unbearable, her eyes swollen shut, and she was so emaciated and weak she could not stand. Nova is also battling chronic ehrlichia, a tick-borne disease. Her sibling tragically succumbed to the same condition just one day before her rescue.
With your donation today, we can give Nova the life she deserves and prevent the senseless suffering of countless others!
Our goal is to raise $10,000 (£8,170) to provide Nova and other forsaken animals the medical care they so desperately need. This includes vaccines to combat the distemper virus, treatment for mange, sterilization to address the over-population issue, and care for dogs with severe injuries and infections. We are determined to give Nova and countless others like her a fighting chance at life!
The consequences of the distemper virus are devastating and far-reaching. We have witnessed the heartbreaking sight of dogs reaching us too late; one merely a pup, another already convulsing from this deadly virus. We cannot let this happen again!
These sorrowful souls are counting on us to end their suffering. Without your compassionate donation, they are helpless to the cruel fate they did nothing to deserve!
Time is of the essence if we are to succeed in containing the distemper outbreak and preventing further spread! Please join us in this urgent mission. Your generous donation can help us prevent more needless suffering and loss of helpless lives. Together, we can make a real difference and give these animals the hope they so desperately need.
For the animals,
Gloria Davies (and Max and Flora!)
Founder and CEO
Network for Animals
P.S. The clock is ticking, and the consequences of inaction for animals are dire. We must act swiftly to save these animals from the clutches of the distemper virus and other horrors they face daily. Your support today is their lifeline. Please donate as generously as you can right now.
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