It is very hard to say goodbye to each and every dog we rescue. But by knowing that they will receive all the love and attention they deserve, we are happy to let them go. We would rather call it ‘Happy beginnings’ instead of ‘Happy endings’, because this is beginning of their chance to have a new start and a new, happy life!
Below a brief selection of our many rescues. Be prepared: some of them are heart breaking!
Zara: rescued from a sanctuary – hoarding situation.
Zara was rescued from a sanctuary / hoarding situation in a town just outside the metro area in San Juan. Much attention was brought by the media to this failing sanctuary, and Amigos saw Zara featured on TV.
Jess: dumped at “Dead Dog Beach”
after having hot oil thrown on him.
Dead Dog Beach is the unfortunate nickname of a beach on our island where dogs are left to die, a lot of times after being tortured, poisoned or purposely run over by a car by ‘human beings’. Jess is one of them, having thrown hot oil on him.
Shell: rescued from the cement ledge of the highway
Shell’s story is really something. Shell was spotted on the expressway, sitting on a cement ledge, with nowhere to run but on the shoulder of the expressway or right into traffic. Rescuers Chris and Liz circled back around to her spot after seeing her and found her running on the expressway shoulder, having obviously been hit by a car at some point during her ordeal. It took some doing, but eventually Shell was caught and taken to the vet.
Nina and Nicole: rehabilitating from mange, fungus, parasites, starvation
Nina and Nicole were the unlikely pair of a purebred Rottweiler and a purebred German Shepherd living together in the jungle overgrowth at “Dead Dog Beach.” When Nina and Nicole were discovered, they could barely stand. Resident “Dead Dog Beach” dog caretakers Steve McGarva and Sandra Cintron kept them alive through routine feeding and medication, and kept them away from the other dogs because both needed all their strength for survival.
Ursula: dropped off at the beach
Ursula was rescued from “Dead Dog Beach” and fostered with Steve McGarva. Then she made her way to Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League in New Jersey, through whom she found her new guardians. Steve recognized that a breed like Ursula’s would not survive the harsh conditions of the beach, and took her in the first day she was dropped off at the beach.
When Ursula was taken to our Dr. Ramos, he discovered she had a pincho stick (equivalent to a shish kabob skewer) lying horizontally across her throat. Ursula had to be given anaestesia to remove the skewer. Ursula is now happily living in her new home with her new guardians and another Great Dane, and she’s come a long way to shake off the shyness that plagued her throughout her foster care.