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Posted on 15 April 2015

It is said that during holidays nothing happens in Sofia…
Well, it seems we are not in Sofia, because a lot happens at “The Farm”.

This is Elena. We named her after the girl, who spent weeks trying to save her, looking for help and trying to catch the dog, before she called us. We received a video, showing her limping around IKEA. We took her to the Central Vet Clinic to find out her both paws – front and back – are broken long ago.

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Her back paw was broken badly and small parts of bones fell in the joint. Every move was a pain…The only reason she was using this leg was, because  she didn’t have any choice – the front one is even worse.

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D-r Zlatinov from the Central Vet Clinic made an urgent operation of the back paw so at least we saved Elena the pain. After about a month, when the operated paw is better, we’ll think of making the other leg as well.

Our next patient is Petkan. He is the prove that two bad things can make one good thing. First someone gave him 3kg of bones, probably his Easter dinner. And Petkan was stupid enough to eat it all. Then someone (probably someone else) shot him with tens of small pellets.

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So, when Petkan crossed the road of two good people, they saw him bleeding and brought him to us. After the examinations, we found out that the pellets wouldn’t kill him – they were just under the skin. The emergency came from a different place – the bones in his stomach. The vets in Central Vet Clinic had to operate him fast – the stomach was 3 times bigger than normal and he couldn’t even breathe. They took  3 kilograms of bones out of the stomach and he recovers now in “The Farm”. He got lucky – if he wasn’t bleeding from the pellets, he would be dead by now, because noone would notice a dog that ate too much…

 Both dogs are recovering now in “The Farm” and keep company to Bogy, who knows how things after operations go…

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If you want to help us helping them, please, donate here. Funds are desperately needed!

One wonderful transport!

Posted on 08 April 2015

A great new beginning for some unwanted animals! Thanks to our partners in Austria and Holland, all these animals will forget about their time on the streets of Bulgaria and start clean!

Let’s start with the puppies!

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The brothers Dino and London

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The sisters Mylady and Baby

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the siblings Erik and Esme

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Michael, Michelle and Michonne

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And Fani

They all were too ordinary for the taste of the adopters here. They all were found and raised by good people, but failed to find their homes in Bulgaria. It is fine. They all will now wag tails abroad!

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Zefira, Zik and Zak were saved by our vet, Diana Krasimirova. She found them in Pernik in a moment there were no foster homes available, so she decided to pay dog hotel for them, until they are ready for adoption.

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Kim used to be a sweet puppy when he came to the Farm with his 2 siblings. All 3 of them were supposed to travel together, a year ago. At the very last moment Kim started to cough and his siblings left Bulgaria without him. Surprisingly, nor his beautiful eyes, neither his small size attracted Bulgarian adopters, so he stayed and waited, and waited… Probably he has been waiting for Mama – his roommate:

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She came to us in the autumn with her litter of 10 puppies. Later they were adopted and she became the roommate of Kim in the shelter. They are now in a foster home in Holland together!

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Hurby is sweet 3 legged dwarfy. We don’t know what happenned to her on the street, but a part of her paw was missing. She was adopted from the street about a year ago and now her people gave her to us, because of allergy in the family.

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Surely you remember Lubcho -the dog which someone abused and put a wire in his nose. Lubcho, when we took you in the Farm, we promised you the bad things are now behind you. We are so happy we kept our promise!

And at the end – the cats. As you know, we run a dog shelter and we take in cats only, when there is a foster place available. Here are the lucky cats we managed to save together with the wonderful people who took care of them in their homes!

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3 Siamese cats, born on the street. They were very wild and unfriendly, but their fosters in Holland say they are dealing great now!

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Psaki’s owner passed away and the relatives found her and Psaki weeks later…

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Amelia, Bambina, Dora, Meow-meow, Morti, Sunny, Tito and Tommy – they were all saved by people who found and took care of them. They were all vaccinated, microchipped and spayed. The only thing we had to do is find them homes. Done!

On the way back we received a wonderful surprise by Sandra Stibi and her friends from Austria and Germany!

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Food for the dogs and flowers for the Farm! (we are still wondering where to plant them, so that they will survive from our dogs, but we’ll find a place).
Thank you, dear Sandra&Friends! It is a blessing we have you to support us and our animals!

An international update: Our dogs abroad

Posted on 06 April 2015

Every time we post information about some dogs or cats of ours, gone abroad, there are people who worry what is happening with them next and people “hoping” the animals will be fine. And every time we explain we are not hoping, because we know they will be fine. We know all our partners abroad, trust them and we are the first to understand, if there is something wrong…

And the best part of it is that we often receive photos and updates about animals, adopted long time ago. It is always a pleasure to take a look at the happy faces!

Here are some recent photos we received, let’s enjoy them together:)

Grandpa Yotzo  is a blind, old dog adopted in the UK in the beginning of 2013. His owners updated us few days ago – he is feeling great and loves them as much as they love him!

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2015, Yotzo in his home in Great Britain

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Stefka and Amigo were adopted in Holland in 2012. Here they are now:

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We really enjoy the habbit of the Dutch people to make reunions of the litters, even if they don’t live clese to each other.

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Reunion 2015

Mommy Saddy left Bulgaria in 2013 with her small kids. They all still meet:

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And 2 of her kids

Another mother – Roberta – is also very special to us. Roberta is wasn’t very attractive and we were so happy someone noticed her 4 years ago. But in Holland she proved how clever and grateful to her owners she is – they are in high training and it is said she is one of the best in Holland!

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Roberta wasn’t very young when she left Bulgaria, but proved she is extremely smart and energetic

Kenny, another Dutch of ours is one of the most famous dogs in Holland. He is a therapist and his work and dedication saved (and still saves) lives!

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If you happen to watch Dutch TV and see the cartoon character – the brave dog Kenny – have in mind someone threw him on the street, when he was in Bulgaria… We’ll soon publish a whole post about Kenny, there is so much we can tell you about him!

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Cartoon hero Kenny

Emra also is a therapist dog, working with elderly people. Well, it doesn’t mean he is not wild in his free time:

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Ellie (you may remember her as Lizel in the shelter) spent 5 long years in a cage. She was happily adopted in Germany last year. She sends us all her regards:

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Brother and sister, when they arrived in Holland:

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Of course, such good dogs as ours are loved not only in Europe.

The international terrierist Louie lives in Canada:
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And Beer lives in Chicago, USA.

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For us (and probably for you, too) it doesn’t matter where they are. All that matters is that they are happy and loved!

Cry for help: Bogy

Posted on 01 April 2015

Once you open your heart for the animals, it is impossible to close your eyes. It doesn’t matter if the situation is bad, if our donors are much less than before, because we all live in the same poor and difficult situation… It doesn’t matter – you just cannot ignore suffering and convince yourselve we can’t help them all…

This is the  photo of the moment we met Bogy – alone in the field, scared and in horrible condition. He felt so releived and happy when we stopped, it was like his eyes were telling us:
“Humans, you finally came! I was a bit worried the last days but all my worries are gone now, when you finally found me!

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There was no way to look at these trusfull and grateful eyes and let him down. So, we took him in “The Farm”.

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He barely walks – his both front paws are twisted in a horrible way.

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We’ve seen that before with Buzanka. Thanks to you, Buzi was operated by D-r Zlatinov in Central Vet Clinic and than, when healthy and happy without pain, she was adopted…

The operation of Bogy would cost 900 levs. Far too much for us. But if you help us again, may be Bogy will be the next happy, jumping and running painless dog?

Please, click here to donate by bank, Epay or Paypal! You could also give money direct in Central Vet CLinic’s reception.
Please, help us help him!
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The story of Lubcho or The horrible part of humanity

Posted on 31 March 2015

This happened in a village near Sofia. Probably the person who did it thought it was fun. Or it is OK, because the victim is “only” a dog…

But it is not OK…
It is horrible, painful and the infection could have caused the death of Lubcho, if we were not alarmed…

We’ve written a lot about animal abuse and the “people” who do it. No words are needed. See for yourselves:

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It was definately not an accident – the wire was put there deliberately and twisted, so that Lubcho can’t get rid of it alone…
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Lubcho is a sweet boy, aged 8-9 months old. The manipulations were painful for him, but he didn’t fight or complain – he is such a good boy that humans can do whatever they want with him… We are sure, that he didn’t try to fight or bite even the mad sadistic person who did this to him…

We placed Lubcho in a foster home and promised him he will never be hurt by humans again. We will take care of this. Look at him now:

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If you want to help us helping dogs like Lubcho, please donate by bank, Paypal or Epay here!

The unexpected journey of Gina+9

Posted on 23 March 2015

It all has started a few months ago, when we received this photo and a question:

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 -Any advises?

9 puppies and their mother, living in an abandoned building in Sofia.
Yordanka, the girl who found them, promised to feed the mother, until we manage to find a foster home. And she did. But only 2 days later, she called in panic – 8 of the puppies weren’t there. But who would take 8 puppies and leave behind the mother and the last puppy? There was, of course, a guess, so we told Yordanka to take the mother and the last puppy and to bring them in “The Farm”, while we look for the rest of the family. And we were correct – they were in the Municipal shelter. We grabbed them quickly:

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and soon enough Yordanka sent us this:
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We are coming…

The puppies were still sucklings, so they had to stay together. They couldn’t stay in the shelter, as we still don’t have the quarantine sector ready and it would be dangerous for them. So, we needed someone to foster 10 dogs…

Here they are, after a month or so in their foster home:

Buzlyo, the puppy who escaped “Ecobalance” and didn’t visit the Municipal shelter:

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He wasn’t very social with people, so he spent a few weeks in a different foster home, where he was the only dog. It worked, he got much better.

Snejko, the largest, yet, the calmest of them all:

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Wasabi, the crazy one who even managed to brake his leg and had an operation:

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Kiki, the tiniest of them all:

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Quinta, the mommy’s girl:

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Palav, the reason for every menace in the house:

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Bavo, food and sleep is enough, thank you:

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Yara, the shy one:

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Ginger, mom’s copy:

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And last, but not least, the heroine mother, Gina:

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We are extremely happy to inform you, that the whole family is no longer in Bulgaria, but live in families in Holland (some of them in foster homes, other – in forever ones!).

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Well, this is it. Our cuties got lucky. Bye, babies! All the best and please, send us photos again!

 

 

 

A mother

Posted on 17 March 2015

A mother will understand. She knows the sacrifice, the devotion, the care, in all causes …

A mommy, mommy dog, showed us how powerful love can be, how brave the heart is, when you need to protect your child…

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Sunny is just a stray dog. She is so small – how has she even survived outside ?!

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Sunny has raised her babies, looking for food in bins and begging people. Until the day an owner releases his dog and it  rushes toward the helpless puppies.

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Nothing could stop Sunny to protect them – nor she was much, much smaller than the  attacker, neither  the fact he broke her spine like a match …

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Sunny managed to save only one of her babies, but paid a huge price – she will never walk again, never run. But she is a mother and keeps on – looking for food in trash bins and begging people for help, but this time – dragging on her front paws…

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Sunny and her little girl are now with us. A tiny mother-heroine and her tiny child. Sunny does not complain. No crying, no regrets. Takes care of her child, with so much love.

 

 

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What will happen then? We do not know. We can only admire this mommy and pray for luck …

The reason

Posted on 12 March 2015

Sandy’s family is celebrating 5 years with him! 5 years, since we took Sandy from the municipal dog pound in Seslavtzi and he found love and happiness in Holland!

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2009, Sandy in the municipal dog pound in Seslavtzi

Betty, his wonderful mom, sent us this letter, and made us smile and cry at the same time:

The Reason

(to you from all your rescue dogs)

I would’ve died that day if not for you.
I would’ve given up on life if not for your kind eyes.
I would’ve used my teeth in fear if not for your gentle hands.
I would have left this life believing that all humans don’t care
Believing there is no such thing as fur that isn’t matted
skin that isn’t flea bitten
good food and enough of it
beds to sleep on
someone to love me
to show me I deserve love just because I exist.
Your kind eyes, your loving smile, your gentle hands
Your big heart saved me…

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You saved me from the terror of the pound,
Soothing away the memories of my old life.
You have taught me what it means to be loved.
I have seen you do the same for other dogs like me.
I have heard you ask yourself in times of despair
Why you do it
When there is no more money, no more room, no more homes
You open your heart a little bigger, stretch the money a little tighter
Make just a little more room…to save one more like me.
I tell you with the gratitude and love that shines in my eyes
In the best way I know how
Reminding you why you go on trying.

I am the reason!

The dogs before me are the reason!
As are the ones who come after.
Our lives would’ve been wasted, our love never given.

We would die if not for you!

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Congartulations for the adopted ones!

Posted on 11 March 2015

Doing what we do, being where we are… It is all worth it for one and only reason – the happy endings! This feeling, when you see once unwanted animal in its new family, it pays back the cruelty we see, the pain we witness every day…

And here they are – the ones we’ll no longer worry about:
Bobby spent with us more than 4 years. Very unfair, having in mind that Bobby has always been such a lovable and sweet boy. We are so happy to tell you, that thanks to Joanna Ivanova, from now on, he will be an apartment pet.

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Sam has had good luck on his way here. He was hit by a car, found and operated pro bono in Central Vet Clinic and spent just a few months with us, before his people find him!

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This tiny baby also didn’t wait too long, before his road crosses Constantine Bonev!
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There were several candidates for Raya. We were worried how we’ll choose the best one, but at the end we even didn’t have to, because Raya chose by herself. For her, it was a love of first sight at the moment she Alexandra Mechkova!

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Thanks to the adoption weekends in Pets&U, our sweet Amora from now on will be called Hella and will go wild in the home of Christiana Muhovska!

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Also adopted in Pets&U are Rony, the funny shortlegged girls, taken home by Rumen Stoykov and the cat Topcho, adopted by Desislava Dimitrova and Slavi Georgiev!

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As we said CONGRATULATIONS and all the best to adopters and animals!

Bubi the menace

Posted on 23 February 2015

Well, that was a surprise!

We were afraid that with the broken spine, Bubi will never walk or stand again, despite the operation.

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But only a few days after her surgery, made thanks to your donations, Bubi is not only walking on all her legs, but also proved keeping a dog in the office (because for now this is the only warm place in “The Farm”) is not a very good idea.

So, the news about her are great!

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This morning we found the office ruined:

The door of her cage was broken, which means she is standing well.

Everything from the tables was put down on the floor, which proves she can stay on her back paws freely.

Bubi was so happy with her menaces, so we presume the pain is gone.

Thank you, dear friends, for giving her life!

Every breath she takes,

Every move she makes,

Every glass she breaks,

This is thanks  to you!

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Please, help Bubi live

Posted on 19 February 2015

We realize only a week ago you’ve already helped us for the operations of Stefan and Jorje.

We realize we can’t help everyone.

We realize Bubi is not a breed dog or a sweet puppy with certain future.

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We realize Bubi is only a 5-6 years old dog with a broken spine.

We realize spine operations are costy and unsure. We realize she’ll probably never get adopted and even if we manage to find the huge amount for her operation; even if the operation is successful, she willprobably stay in our shelter forever.

We are not stupid, we know it. But without operation, Bubi will die. And despite everything we mentioned, we want Bubi to live. We want to help her. Would you?

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We need 1350 levs for her urgent operation. Please, help! Please, donate for Bubi’s life!

Our bank details:

FIRST INVESTMENT BANK

37 Dragan Tzankov blvd, Sofia, BG

SWIFT: FINV BG SF

IBAN for BGN: BG07FINV91501215999954

IBAN for EUR: BG50FINV91501215999956

BENEFICIARY: A R Sofia Foundation

23 James Bourchier blvd, Sofia, BG

You can also donate via Paypal and Epay or on spot at Central Vet Clinic.

 

Once again: 24 new lives

Posted on 17 February 2015

Another great trip gave homes and happiness to 24 of our doggies!

We thank our partners from Holland for being there for our less fortunate animals!

The first one is the Daughter – we named her so, because she was walking after d-r Polly Ilieva like a duckling after his mother. She had a very bad street life – she was hit by car at least twice and as a result of the bad way the bones healed, her hips were so tight, that she couldn’t eat any hard food. Noone wanted to adopt her here, but thank God the Dutches don’t mind giving wet food forever.

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6 puppies, abandoned near our shelter and found at the very last moment, before they go out on the main road. They spent 3 month in a foster home and now finally went home for good. By the way, they aren’t usually pink, but their blanket was red and painted them…

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Probably some of you recongized in them Michail and Michaela – yes, this is them, among their litter. After their weekend in Pets&U when noone liked them, it was about time to grab someone’s heart…

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The same story as them have Dori and Dash – they were raised in a foster home, went to the pet shop and then come back to us. Happy end!

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Freya was adopted few months ago. Recently her owners changed their mind and brought her back to the shelter. Luckily, she spent only a few weeks, before her Dutch happiness to appear!

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Kelly and Kary are two sisters, two sweet teddy bears. We were very surpised noone like them here, but anyway, now they are home.

 

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One extremely litter came in the Farm a day we found out there is distemper in the shelter. The good thing is they came with their mother, so their immune system was much better.

Here they are – 8 puppies!

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Raya is one of the many reasons we don’t like hunters… She was bought for a hunting dog, but as good and lovable as she is, this didn’t work. So, she end up in a shelter. Good thing she end up in our shelter, so now she is home!

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Marco is one of our distemper survivers! We are so happy he made it through the bad and now is the time for the good…

 

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Santo and Trick are the last heroes in this saga. They both were found by good people who took care after them until we find a home.

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So, this is it! 24 lives saved, more to come!