Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Home for Tito - PLEASE!

Following the story about Milagros on the Blog below - Cruelty Beyond Words, Hope Beyond Belief,  an elderly man, having heard about Milagros, turned up at SARA'S. Sadly this is another tragic story, but with your help, it might end happily - Tito needs a home now, please read his story and if you can help, please contact SARA at or myself.

Two days ago an elder man stood at the doors of SARA clutching  a scruffy bundle. He explained that his wife was very ill and he had stopped looking after his dog, added, he had completely abandoned it. Asked why he had not given the dog to another person, he shrugged his shoulders, saying, “this is what I am here for”. The dog was handed over to SARA, the dog's name Tito. His condition, almost as bad Milagros. Even though he has all his limbs, there appears to be something wrong with him - possible Parkinson's - Tito shakes a great deal. His age is guessed at around  17 years. He has very few teeth, needless to say eating is a big problem for him.
At SARA we can only guess the man heard about Milagros' story and thought he should do  something with his dog. Poor little Tito. The photos below show you how he now looks after wonderful care from the people at SARA, and how he looked when he arrived, another distressing story. But please, if you can foster him or adopt him, please contact us, he needs lots of love for what is left of his please!

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Cruelty Beyond Words, Hope Beyond Believe!

Nothing can prepare you for this harrowing story, but please read. Without SARA's dedication and love for animals, this little doggy would be dead. Told by SARA

You would think that at SARAs we were used to a lot of things, thinking about all the animals that came through our doors, often in very poor conditions. But last Thursday taught a new lesson in cruely.  I would like to tell you the story of “Milagros”.

Everyday we have our volunteers at the animal shelter to walk our dogs  - so urgently need to be taken out of their kennels and burn off their energy. One our ladies had just been given a dog to walk when she suddenly came runnning back to the shelter, hammering against the door, screaming for help, tearsrolling down her face. She told us that she had found a dog in the field dying.

We reacted straight away and asked her to take us there. When we arrived we met a little poodlemixed dog, lying next to a carton box in between the volcanic rocks. The dog's conditions were absolutely horrific and he had been abandoned there in the most cruel way possible. 

We picked her up and took her to our animal shelter.  She was a total Bob Marley, covered in Rastas. Yes, of course, we are used to see dogs with rastas, there are many people that do not look properly after their long haired dogs…. But this was different! Her legs were that covered in dirty hair, it felt like a plaster… not to talk about the smell of this poor little dog!!
When we looked closer we knew where this horrible smell must come from: the poor animal was covered with worms that were crawling all over its body.

We placed the dog on the floor to see if it could walk, realise there was something wrong with one of its legs. But it was impossible to tell, since we could not see anything. We guessed that the paw might be missing. Have a look yourself: (see photos)

What to do now? Well, we decided to just start the work. Three of us with scissors and a shaving mashine tried to cut our way through that fur. But it seemed absolutely pointless. When we finally reached some skin on her belly, we found the skin all red and bloody from the worms that have been eating her alive. There was thousands of white worms white crawling all over the body. The smell got worse and worse with every cut we made.

Then we started to cut the hair off her leg, but it was very difficult without professional tools. We came to some skin, there was holes everywhere, the blood streamed out and with it some more worms. The paw of which we thought was damaged, well it didn’t really exist. It was just her leg with some claws at the end.

When we cut some hanging rastas out of her face we could then see her eyes and found out that she was blind. Her age we guessed at about 15 years.

Here are some pictures that we took whilst cutting her hair. The white points you can see are the famous worms of which we nearly saw more than of the dog:

After one hour we had to give up. We could not do it, we needed professional help. We took her to  a veterinary clinic in Arrecife. They would see what they could do.
There they checked her over, cut her hair and rastas off, cleaned her properly, removed all the worms from her body and decided that her leg has to be removed. They now called us with that new information and informed us that the price for the surgery would be 150€uros. What should we do? How big was her chance? Could SARA afford this?

But we could not say no. We had to give that little dog the chance to live a proper life, the chance to find out how it felt to be loved and cared for, the chance of living a decent life with no pain. This was our hope!!

Later in the afternoon we finally got the much expected phonecall. “Milagros”, that is what we called her, translated means “wonder” she had survived the surgery and was already getting better. It was wonderful to hear this news.

The day after, we could not wait any more, we just had to drive down to visit her. We wanted to stroke her, cuddle her, prove to her that not all human beeings were bad, we wanted her to feel what love meant, we just wanted to be there for her. She was lying in her box, still in pain from the operation, but already eating and drinking on her own. She looked a completey different dog, she was so tiny, so clean! This is her in the clinic when I visited:

But here the story doesn’t end yet! You remember the volunteer that found her and in tears came to get us? The same lady has decided that a dog like Milagros should not go back to the shelter, she deserved something better. She had sufferd so much in her life, and this suffering will now end. She went on Friday afternoon to the clinic in Arrecife to pick her up. She took her home to give her a new caring and loving family.

What ever is was that made that lady go that direction and find Milagros.. what ever it was that made us take it to a vet clinic and give it a chance… what ever it was, it was worth it!! This dog will now live a happy life and will learn what it means to have a home, a family and safety!
This is the last pictures. Milagros in her new home:

SARA not only need help homing their huge family of dogs, but donations to help keep them in good health, fed and sheltered. If you can help in any way, please contact SARA or myself. http://sarapro

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Hearts & Licks!

No doubt many of you received cards, flowers, chocolates or gifts from someone who loves you for Valentine's Day. Sadly the animals at SARA received nothing, they sit and wait for someone to love them, cuddle them and take them home.  One or two came along to say hello and shake paws.
Please tell your family and friends and maybe these animals will soon have a Valentines.

I'm Delga, 8 years old, girl

Mercedes is my name, 18 months, girl


Hello, I'm Chucky, a 3 year old boy
I'm Edu, a boy, 2 years old
News Update - I'm going home, I've got a new mummy & daddy...woofing!

My name is Rey Arthur - King Arthur to you!
Update - I'm flying to Germany very soon to my new family...result!

All of these animals and more can be seen at please take a look and help if you can, if not please follow this Blog to keep updated with all new stories and pictures.
Please note SARA can arrange transport of animals to you if you live in UK, France, Germany, Belgium.

Wednesday, 9 February 2011


"No I'm not tired, just dreaming maybe sitting here, you looking at me, my dreams will come true. My name, Tulula, three years old and a sweet natured girl.'

"I'm a white fluffy boy, 2 1/2 years old and my name is Coco, OK you can smile, better to call me Coco than not to call me at all. Come along and shake my paw and take me home with you."

"I'm frozen! I had to have all my fluffy long fur shaved off, don't ask! Thanks to my lovely new coat, I'm managing to keep warm, though a hug from you would certainly make a difference. By the way, I'm Pichi, 9 years old and like all my friends at SARA we want to go home."

"Cute, fluffy and hoping! I'm Duato, 2 year old boy. If you can't help, please tell your family and friends and everyone you know. Maybe one of them might.....take me home."

"Look into my name is Angelica, I am 6 years old a young lady, and like everyone at SARA, looking for a home."

"I'm just 9 months old, Gatito Love 1 (Amor) hope I can live up to this name and have someone to love."

These animals and many more live at SARA, all have been abandoned. Please take a look at SARA's web site, tell your family and friends, ask them to follow this Blog. The more who know, the more chance these animals have of going home - thank you!

SARA arranges transportation to your home even if you live in UK, Germany and Europe.
SARA is a charity and relies on donations and help.

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

New Month, New Home?

It's a new month and like every week of the month, Waggy Tails asks you to try and help the animals that have been abandoned at SARA. There are over 300 animals waiting to be given a new home and love. Here are a few of them begging you to help.

"I'm a baby really at just over 6 months and already looking for a new home. My name is Rigodon, but you just have call come and I'll be there."

 "I know, my eyes are beautiful and blue and believe you me, I'm beautiful too. I'm a little girl, 6 months old, called Barbara and I purrrr like a drain....come along and listen."

"I was abandoned at the door of SARA, thank goodness they cared about me.  My name is Ucrania, I am 14 months old, a girl and I am very good with other cats. I'm a good kitty looking for a good home!"

"As you can see I'm not a tiny dog, just the right size! I'm 6 months old and a boy looking for you. If you will take me home with you my reference is Cachorro Surfero 1, a bit of a mouthful to call....! But I promise you I won't let you down."

"Please tell your family and friends about SARA and about all of us wanting to go to a good home. Take a moment to look at our web site, and see if you can help. And don't forget SARA can help get anyone of us to your home even if you live in Germany, UK or Europe. We're not afraid of flying, just afraid of being left without a loving home."