In Montevideo, Uruguay, bone-chilling cries echo through the streets, serving as a grim reminder of a harsh reality: yet another helpless dog has been heartlessly abandoned.
Many abandoned animals are elderly dogs who once provided lifelong companionship and now need extra care in their twilight years. But sadly, some pet owners opt to dump their senior dogs on the streets and replace them with a new, “cuter” puppy.
Left to fend for themselves, these aging dogs endure a cruel fate, faithfully searching for their families until their fragile bodies collapse from sickness or starvation. Meanwhile, their former families have already cosied up with the little puppy who replaced them. And as that puppy grows up, the same painful fate ultimately awaits. This heart-wrenching scenario plays out all too frequently in Uruguay.
Can you believe that torturing and killing animals is NOT punished by law in Uruguay?
Shockingly, the Uruguayan penal code fails to recognize abandonment, brutal beatings, hangings, starvation, or even SEXUAL ABUSE of animals as criminal offenses. With no sanctions that involve jail time or community service, such callous acts of animal cruelty run rampant in Uruguay’s capital, Montevideo.
We MUST rush aid to the terribly abused animals of Uruguay. Please, will you help us?
Our partner, APA El Refugio, is the only animal shelter in Montevideo for these abandoned and tormented souls. El Refugio has a special place in our hearts because it specializes in the care of elderly and disabled dogs who have the slightest hope of survival on the streets. With our help, it runs a shelter where abandoned animals can live out their golden years in a loving environment.
El Refugio performs life-saving work for animals in need. But with limited resources and absolutely no help from the local authorities, it relies on animal lovers like us.
Among the 400+ animals in the shelter’s care, many have special needs ranging from physical deformities to chronic illnesses, which demand expensive medications and specialist veterinary care.
Animals like poor Nieve – an elderly dog who arrived at the shelter suffering from a severe, untreated eye infection so advanced that worms were literally consuming her eyes. Sadly, her vision could not be saved, but with the help of critically needed medicine, the infection was treated, and Nieve can now look forward to a life free of pain and filled with love.
El Refugio is faced with a major problem, and they desperately need our help right now. An alarming influx of cats and dogs are being dumped outside the shelter gates or even heartlessly tossed over its walls. It is already a challenge to feed so many hungry animals, let alone provide those with special needs with life-saving medicine.
We promised to ask our supporters to help. If we can raise $5,000 (£3,900), we can rush vital medications and fund specialist veterinary care for elderly and disabled dogs in Uruguay immediately. Can they count on you today?
El Refugio has over 100 adoptions per year, and yet the figures show the grim reality of annual admissions consistently outnumbering adoptions. We will work with the authorities to have the law that allows animal dumping banned, but we MUST urgently treat rescued animals in need right now.
These are dogs that society has cruelly cast aside and classed as undesirable and unadoptable. But at the shelter, they find the love and care they so long for and deserve. Your generosity will provide critically needed medicine, treatment and, above all, love. So please, open your heart to these dogs and help us heal their broken spirits by donating to Network for Animals today.
For the animals,
Gloria Davies (and Max and Flora!)
Founder and CEO
Network for Animals
P.S. El Refugio cares for the old, the sick, the injured and the heartbroken. They arrive at the shelter sick, traumatized and bereft of hope. But with the help of animal lovers like you, we can give them the chance to heal and be happy once again. Please donate today.
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