Here's what's happened at the Helping Hands for Hounds of Honduras Sanctuary since our last AKI Blog post:
In June, long-time HHHH resident, Ali, was diagnosed with an inoperable tumor, probably cancer, on his right side (you can see in the picture below). Which explains why he was losing weight. He's still eating well and walking around, doesn't seem to be in pain, and still seems to be enjoying life, so Pilar isn't ready to have him euthanized.
On July 22, Pilar wrote that Ali, has gotten weaker, but still eats and wags his tiny tail. She has to give him pain meds every day for his arthritis. But he's still seems content at the HHHH Sanctuary.
Ali has been at the HHHH Sanctuary since some time in 2014. This picture is from September of that year:
I found this AKI Blog post about Ali from almost 7 years ago: https://www.animal-kind.org/post/2015/11/30/aki-helping-in-honduras, where I wrote about Ali's original illness, mega-esophagus, and how he ended up at the HHHH Sanctuary.
And this one from June 2017 with an update about Ali, https://www.animal-kind.org/post/2017/06/26/an-update-from-helping-hands-for-hounds-of-honduras.
On June 3, little Pixie celebrated her one year anniversary at the HHHH Sanctuary. Here's how she celebrated:
One year ago, Pixie's owners had brought her to the vet clinic--the same vet that HHHH uses-- to be euthanized. Instead of euthanizing, the vet suggested giving her up, and they agreed to hand her over to Pilar-and Pixie's luck changed from there on.
In May, Gabriel got in touch with HHHH about an injured kitty he found and was hoping to get vet care for, and then adopt.
Pilar took the kitty to her vet:
Gabriel was really looking forward to helping the kitty recover and adding him to his family. We were so sorry that wasn't to be.
Valentina, a neighbor of Pilar's, insists on coming to the Sanctuary every morning with her mom at 6:30 to pet the cats. She comes in her pajamas--the best way to start the morning:
Livia was rescued by a woman who died of Covid in October 2021. Before she could get the kitty spayed, Livia had kittens. In May, after her kittens were weaned, Pilar had Livia spayed and returned Livia to the rescuer's sister (her name was Livia too). Then Livia the person died from a ruptured hepatic artery. A couple of weeks ago, Livia's (human) son, Francisco, borrowed a pet carrier from HHHH to take the kitty to his home in Olancho. Although there's been a lot of upheaval in their lives, Livia the kitty will have a good, stable home with Francisco.
In June, Gloria, a neighbor of the HHHH Sanctuary, rescued Ginger from where she was living as a street dog in Tegucigalpa. She wasn't a very successful street dog. As you can see, she was emaciated.
Gloria brought Ginger home and gave her a bath. With Pilar, they agreed that Gloria would foster Ginger, Pilar would provide food, cover her vet care, get her spayed, and watch over her during recovery, and they would both look for the perfect home for this sweet dog.
By July 10, Ginger had put on 9 lbs, and weight-wise, she was ready to be spayed. But she had picked up ehrlichia while living on the street and she still needed 15 more days of antibiotics before the vet would spay her. She's looking much healthier, and she loves her walks (watch the short video of Ginger taking a walk around the HHHH neighborhood):
On July 22, Pilar brought some food for Ginger and visited with Gloria as they planned the upcoming week. Ginger will get another blood test this week, and if she's clear of the infection, her spay will be scheduled.
Recently a group of high school students and their teacher visited the HHHH Sanctuary. They bathed the dogs, walked them, and provided a day full of love. They also donated bags of dog and cat food.
HHHH friends Kelly and Kevin donated this nice dog house to the HHHH Sanctuary --Thank you!
The community spay project with HHHH and the Tegucigalpa neighborhood where Patrick lives and is collecting dogs from, bringing them to HHHH, and picking them up to return to the community, will continue! Patrick had identified the next dog to be spayed, but then she disappeared. He's planning to identify the next spay candidate soon and we'll let you know who that will be. (See AKI Blog posts in March: https://www.animal-kind.org/post/helping-hands-for-hounds-of-honduras-march-2022-update
and November: https://www.animal-kind.org/post/helping-hands-for-hounds-of-honduras-november-update for more information on this project.)
Here's how HHHH spent your donations through June: