Saturday, October 8, 2016

Gus' Story

Meet Gus. Disgusting Gus.

If you saw a dog like Gus on the street, lying in the hot sun, not moving, would you pick him up? Or would you walk on by and pretend you didn't see him?

Well, Bert couldn't walk on by. He picked Gus up and took him home and let him sleep on his own sweater for warmth.

He contacted Ayuda Para la Salud de Perros y Gatos, the most awesomest charity for animals here at Lake Atitlan, and asked for help in getting Gus the treatments he needed. They gladly helped Gus to get vaccinated, sterilized, and treated for parasites and infections, including a horrible case of mange.
Gus is the poster puppy of street dogs in Guatemala.
And now... the result of 11 weeks of care, dedication, and love! The new Gus!

Not so disgusting Gus! Nice and plump, with bright eyes and a good coat.
What a sweetie! He absolutely adores Bert.
For those coming from first world countries to Guatemala, the sight of so many stray dogs is shocking. They're everywhere! And they're not usually in good shape -- skinny, mangy, and often hopping on three legs. Stray dogs roam the markets, beg outside restaurants, and prowl the streets in packs at night.

But there is hope for the animals of Guatemala. Many dedicated and passionate people, both Guatemalans and expats, have created charitable organizations to help dogs, cats, and other domestic animals. Here are my favourites!

Ayuda Para la Salud de Perros y Gatos -- Panajachel and Lake Atitlan
Animal Aware -- Sumpango
Unidos Para los Animales -- Antigua
Happy Tails -- Quetzaltenango (Xela)
Hope for the Animals -- Panajachel

Guatemala is a developing country and just starting out when it comes to animal welfare but positive actions are being taken. I encourage everyone to do their part to promote the humane treatment of animals. Donate time or money or supplies to your local animal charity today!

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