Sunday, September 30, 2007

Today's Rescue - Peruvian Earthquake Relief

When my sister and brother-in-law came back from their trip to Peru last October, they told me about all the dogs they'd seen there - dogs everywhere, fed and cared for, but roaming free. And now, after August's devastating 8.0 earthquake, many of these dogs - estimated at approximately 3,500 - are displaced, injured and needing basic care.

Best Friends Animal Rescue, working together with the Peruvian Ministry of Health and local animal advocates and veterinarians, have come up with a plan that would make unnecessary the mass euthanization that the government had initially recommended. The eight-week plan would include spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations and food, and would be overseen by an international crew made up of both BFAS workers and Peruvians. The rescue group reports that the government has been very cooperative and helpful, and that the Peruvian people have demonstrated a great deal of compassion for the animals. No one really wants those dogs to die.

For more information, and to donate to the rescue effort, go to the Best Friends Web site here.

More Peruvian dog pictures here.

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