Dogs and cats that were beaten, burned, tied up and left to die have a second chance at life -- this time a good one, thanks to PAWS Chicago. Nearly 80 animals who had suffered were about to be euthanized at a Carribbean shelter in Dominica when PAWS stepped in to help.
"More than 85% of the animals we rescue are a result of human-inflicted injuries," said Dr. Golnaz Naderkhani who opened the Dominca's animal rescue. "Dog fighting rings ... and people here poison dogs for fun without consequence."
St. Nicholas Animal Rescue, the doctor's shelter in Dominica, had taken these severely neglected pets from the streets or from abusive homes to give them a better life. Yet now, they are being forced to close, meaning many of those animals would have been sent back to a life of neglect or euthanized. When PAWS saw the state of the animals, they said it was "abuse worse than we've ever seen."
With the help of two other rescue shelters and Wings of Rescue, who provided transport, 79 dogs and cats landed in Chicago on Saturday, December 2. Even though PAWS mission is normally to save Chicago-area animals, they could not turn their backs on these animals who deserved so much more out of life. Animals like Sabrina, Sage and Grover (pictured above) are now on the road to recovery.
As the holidays are upon us and charities all around the world are asking for support, PAWS is reaching out to Chicagoans and all animal lovers, as well. For many, giving to a no-kill animal shelter that just took their mission far from home is what the spirit of the season is all about.
If you would like more information about PAWS and specifically about the Dominica Animal Rescue, please visit their website.