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Here's Who's At Helping Hands for Hounds of Honduras (as of 18 Feb 2017)

It's been a while since we updated you on who's at Helping Hands for Hounds of Honduras Nereida Montes de Oca sanctuary. The HHHH sanctuary cares for the "throwaways," the dogs and cats that need intensive care to recover, and some who never will fully recover. AKI donors cover costs of vet care, spay/neuter, dog and cat food, and shelter infrastructure repairs. I've written the backstory of most of the dogs below and here's a brief update on some of the dogs who are now at HHHH. All of these dogs are available for adoption.


Bootsy, a terrier/collie mix, is about 5 years old and very calm and friendly.

Bootsy when she arrived at HHHH

She arrived at HHHH during the first week of October 2012 (picture left). She had been hit by a car and left where she had been hit, at the side of the road.

A security guard rescued Bootsy and called Isabel Mencia, “the cat lady,” who Pilar works with. Isabel then called Pilar, who picked Bootsy up and brought her to the sanctuary. AKI donors covered Bootsy's vet care, including her spay.

Nowa (below), 3-4 years old, is a black lab mix, who was rescued from the streets of Tegucigalpa. She had mange and no fur on her entire body. Pilar nursed her back to health. She loves water (as most labs do!), she's timid at first but very friendly once she warms up.


Susie (below) is an 8 to 10 year old shepherd mix. She was abandoned after she had puppies, and they were taken to sell, and she was no longer needed or wanted. She loves people and would be a great addition to a family looking for an older dog.


Thor (below) is a rottweiler, 1 year old, around 50 lbs. He was purchased from a breeder. His family agreed to turn him over to HHHH after three vets in Choluteca recommended that he be euthanized due to a cartilage defect in his legs. Pilar's vet disagreed, and contacted Pilar to see if she could take him at the sanctuary. Pilar agreed to. He was neutered thanks to AKI. He's small for the breed, and he's really sweet and loving, but still needs obedience training.


Sauce (below) is an 8-10 year old black lab, who was hit by a car and left for dead. She was covered with mud, but Pilar saw bubbles in the mud and pulled her out--amazingly, she was still alive!. She's very sweet and playful.


Two of Pilar’s ex-students from UNAH, Jose and Andrea, saw Maya wandering on a busy street in Tegucigalpa. She was very pregnant and very thin and she had mange. Jose and Andrea convinced her to come with them. Jose called Pilar, and Pilar had them take her directly to Pilar’s vet. Maya stayed at the vet’s office for a few days until she had her puppies—she was too pregnant to abort. After she had her puppies, Pilar brought her to the HHHH sanctuary. Her 9 puppies all were adopted. Now Maya needs a home. She's very energetic and friendly.

Maya, when she 1st arrived at the HHHH sanctuary


Bunny (below) is now 35 lbs and about a year old. She's very sweet! A guy driving by threw her out of his car to a boy who helps Pilar clean the HHHH yard! In Bunny's puppy picture below, you can see she has a deformed limb (we don't know how that happened--if she was born with it or if it was something more sinister). We suspect that this guy threw her away because of the deformed limb. In the 3rd picture below, from just a few days ago, Bunny's leg was amputated--the vet decided that was the best thing to do for Bunny.

Bunny-all grown up

Bunny, when she arrived at HHHH

Bunny after having her leg amputated

Chingo (below) is a tripod and about 4 years old. He was rescued after being hit by car in 2014. AKI paid for Chingo’s neuter. He's very sweet and loves attention and has beautiful yellow eyes


Dobby was rescued from the street, where she was almost hit by a car, but Pilar was able to grab her just in time. She's about 3 years old, weighs only 10 lbs, and is a chiweenie. She has a cherry eye, is very sweet and docile, but a little timid.


Nala (below) is a cocker mix, about 8 years old. She's a recent HHHH rescue. Her former owners didn't want her any more, and put her out on the street when she could hardly walk, as she was very anemic and had a serious infection. A neighbor of the owners felt sorry for her and brought her to the HHHH shelter. AKI covered her treatment for anemia and the infection and the spay surgery.


Flor (below) is about 8 years old and weighs 60 lbs. Apparently, she was abandoned when she started developing mammary tumors. Dora Elisa, fellow biologist and retired professor from the UNAH, found her while walking her dog. She called Pilar, who went to pick Flor up. She's been spayed and had the huge mammary tumor and a smaller one removed. She's so laid-back and she's house-trained!


Flor, when she first arrived at the shelter with mammary tumors

HHHH relies on AKI donors to cover the costs for care of these and the other dogs and cats at the sanctuary. A little goes a long way in Honduras. On the Support AKI page, you can designate HHHH for your donation. We're so grateful for your help!

Pilar & vet with a dog who was just spayed

Thank you Jen Marsh for this generous donation to HHHH!

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