Our volunteers run across some amazing things while they are out helping Coconut Hounds and Coconut Cats. They really do perform miracles and below are just a couple of the stories from our volunteers. Thanks go out to our amazing volunteers!
FERGIE - Volunteers Tom and Tanya Whitehead were returning from a doctor's appointment in Santiago when they spotted what appeared to be an injured dog along the highway. They turned their car around to see if the dog needed assistance. Pulling over they found Fergie who was in very bad shape - severe mange, many open wounds down to the bone, dehydration, and feet swollen to twice the normal size. Despite all of these issues, Fergie still had a wagging tail and came right up to them on the highway. It was apparent that Fergie needed help and Tom and Tanya took her home with them.
They gave her a bath,
IV fluids, prednisone and
a lot of love until they
could get her in to the vet.
The vet felt that Fergie was
likely burned alive by
someone and then tossed
along the side of the road
for dead. In Tom and
Tanya Fergie finally found
humans who treated her
with love. Over many
weeks she fully recovered,
all the while showing all an amazing spirit. She truly appreciated the love and affection that was provided to her by DCDR and eventually ended up in a great home in Canada with a loving family.
Watch how volunteers Tom and Tanya Whitehead and DCDR ended up being Fergie's Heroes.
LUCKY - Lucky was found on the side of the road by a DCDR volunteer after being hit by a car. She was in a lot of pain and her back two legs were paralyzed. Our volunteer rushed Lucky to the vet and the vet alleviated her pain and started her on a regimen of anti-inflammatory medicines to hopefully bring down the swelling in her spinal cord in hopes that she might walk again.
DCDR volunteers worked with Lucky over many weeks and months in hopes that she would walk again. Medications were tried, chiropractic care was tried, many x-rays were taken, but eventually it was clear that Lucky would not walk again. Through all of this she had an amazing spirit that was an inspiration to all around her. Even though she could not walk, you could tell that she felt "Lucky" to be alive and surrounded by people who loved her.
The next step was to raise money to get a wheelchair for Lucky. Thanks to our wonderful donors we were able to get a custom chair for her. The joy that was on Lucky's face when she once again was able to "run" with the other dogs brought a tear to many eyes.
Lucky was eventually sent to a rescue in Canada in hopes that medical treatment there would be able to help her improve. Lucky eventually found an amazing family to adopt her and although she improved some, she eventually succumbed to complications from her original injuries. Thanks to many dedicated volunteers and supporters, Lucky had many additional months of love and happiness instead of dying in pain, discarded at the side of the road.
Lucky Playing on the Beach in the Dominican Republic