THE RESCUE OF EMILIA
When some people saw little Emilia struggling to pull a heavy load, they called us and the police and the local newspaper...We arrived on the scene within minutes; a judge was called and he gave authorization to take Emilia into our custody.
This is the first photo of Emilia, it also appeared in the local newspaper...We believe she is in her twenties, and she is terribly malnourished, also we know she was treated badly as her driver was whipping her.
Emilia finally getting something to eat; as you can see her coat is in terrible condition along with her tail and mane...we will soon have her cleaned up and she will get a nice warm shower at the police station, where she will have to stay until the vet OK's her release to us and then we can take her back to our shelter. In the meantime, we have to visit her every day and bring her food and the medicines the vet orders.
I'm sure everyone knows that the shelter has suffered a lot of damage due to the sewage spills, the hurricane and the flood...when Emilia comes to the shelter we will have to have an enclosure for her as winter is on the way, and she won't be able to cope with the cold...A new enclosure for her will cost about 6 to 7 hundred American dollars, so if you can, please help us to build Emilia a new home.
Now that winter is nearing, the birds are landing in our pool looking for food...we spread food around the pool just for the birds...the colour of the pool looks awful, but it is perfectly safe as it is inspected each month and harmless chemicals are added to kill anything that could infect the animals.
UPDATE ON SHELTER REPAIRS
Winter months are upon us, and as you can see, both of the entrances to the Eagle's Nest are flooded...It will take several weeks to get the mess cleaned up to its natural state.
On the left, Maria and one of the firefighters taking care of the cats, and on the right, Maria and Naty cleaning up many bushes that were destroyed by the hurricane.
Maria and Naty repairing the fences torn down by the hurricane and old nosey Smokey our shelter ambassador is with Maria
Maria and Naty repairing more of the fences near the dog compounds...They do the job better than some men can.
Naty still working on the fences...She just never tires.
On the left a load of special road gravel for the dog compounds...It will be scattered around the ground area, so that it doesn't get muddy when the rains come again...The dogs hate it when they get all muddied up....On the right another truck that comes every day to cart away the debris from the hurricane.
UPDATE ON EMILIA...June 2013
Emilia with Officer Miguel Britos, who was part of the rescue...Officer Britos at one time wanted to become a priest; as you can see Emilia is in good hands...Miguel is trimming her main and forelock.
Coqui on the left trimming Emilia's mane; Emilia on the right looking good.
Miguel feeding Emilia some alfalfa from the large amount we keep on hand at the shelter.
Emilia after warm bath, and three hours of grooming...she looks beautiful.
I HOPE THAT ALL WHO READ THIS WILL UNDERSTAND HOW HARD WE WORK TO KEEP THE SHELTER IN TIP-TOP SHAPE FOR THE ANIMALS.
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