Spending time in Haiti isn't always easy. Lack of food is probably the most difficult issue to confront. I am in awe of so many Haitian residents who are always well-dressed, polite and welcoming yet maybe haven't eaten that day or even the day before. A sense of pride in themselves, their country and their enormously rich culture is evident. I am ever conscious of their strife and work hard to alleviate the very small portion that our project allows us to.
As an animal lover I also witness the plight of the Haitian street dog. Their ancestors were brought to Haiti many years ago, now long abandoned and left to fend for themselves. Unfortunately, despite their homelessness, they're domesticated animals. They're not wild and don't possess the survival skills needed to survive alone. Sadly, in any country where food isn't plentiful, animalsl suffer. It's a fact that is understood but difficult to witness.
The adult dog on the street is difficult to rescue. They aren't accustomed to human contact and are usually fearful of humans. However, from time to time we come across puppies or extremely docile dogs (and one kitty) that let us help. Below are three stories of dogs we've rescued in Haiti since our project began.
No longer starving,
Cody waits to fly to the U.S.
Cody was found on the drive from Gonaives to Cap Haitien on a mountain road near Ennery. He'd fallen from the mountain down onto the road just moments before we passed. He was likely only a few days old and was scared, frantic and emaciated. The only place to go was falling further down the mountain on the other side of the road. Trucks making the trip between Port-au-Prince and Cap Haitien would have killed him quickly.
Back at the workshop in Cap Haitien, Cody ate anything given to him and by the time he left for the U.S. a week later had gained weight and was growing fast.
Once in the U.S. Cody was quickly adopted by a retired military officer. Today Cody is a happy, healthy dog and he is fiercely protective of his own. The two of them are 'best buddies' with Cody going with him wherever he goes.
Rescue day, starving and exhausted.
This is Cody today.
He loves to ride in the back of his owner's SUV.
Stay tuned for the stories of Lady and Harry
Helping Haiti's Homeless Dogs
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