All lives are precious – updates and reminiscence

Good morning everyone.  It’s Sunday morning, and I start off today with a touching story of the reunion between Sandra and her mum yesterday. 

Sandra was the injured puppy in the colony at the abandoned house, looked after by Oliver Kua.  Oliver managed to take Sandra for treatment and surgery, then Sandra was boarded at our vet for recuperation.  Yesterday was Sandra’s reunion with her mother and siblings.

Here’s Oliver’s updates:

Today when picking up sandra over at mayo clinic, sandra gave me a big hello by passing out her poo and pee in my car seat. Well i don’t want to elaborate more since you have face this before.


Since i was about to rescue sandra’s mum and her sibling i decided to bring sandra along with me, the moment sandra saw her mum she ran towards her and kept licking her mum’s leg. That moment was really touching.  Unfortunately i forgot to bring my camera along with me, so no picture was taken today.


After successfully boarding the mother dog and 3 puppies into our car, 2 of the remaining puppies was so frightened they when into hiding, No matter what we try they just won’t come out. Tomorrow i will try again to take them.
 
Dogs and cats have family ties too, and it is always so, so sad when we have to separate families.  But what can we do when a litter has 6-7 puppies, and they are all strays (subject to being caught by dogcatchers and put down at the pound).  We have no choice but to find homes for them separately. 
 
Chelsea had five puppies, and it was heart-breaking when one by one, the puppies got adopted, leaving Chelsea behind.  Chelsea would hug her puppies, paw at the gate, and watch the car drive away, not knowing what is happening and why it is happening. 

Chelsea and two puppies, just before we sent them to Batang Berjuntai, to their new home. 

Chelsea saying goodbye to the last of her puppies to be adopted, JT.

 
Sad, isn’t it? 
 
But it needs to be done, “for the greater good” of the safety of the dogs.  Who can adopt an entire family of dogs?  And if they are not adopted and left on the street, they would eventually land up at the pound and will be put down.  So, as sad as it may seem, it needs to be done.   
 
Last night, we received a call from another potential adopter who might want to adopt not just one, but A FEW of Sandra’s siblings!  It was a Mr Lee (another “Mr Lee”, how nice!) from Cheras.  He is looking for big-built dogs, and he has seen Sandra’s photo, and she looks like one. 
 

BIG Sandra!!
(yes, in a few months’ time)
Mr Lee will be viewing Sandra and siblings today.  We PRAY (very hard!!) that Mr Lee will adopt a few of Sandra’s siblings (including Sandra) and hopefully, take mum-dog along too. 
After this, the remainder of Sandra’s siblings will be taken to a safe place to await adoption.  Mum-dog will have to be rehomed in another place because her chances of being adopted are quite slim.  That is the plan Oliver has made for the family, and we trust it is the best plan we have right now, considering all other options.
We salute Oliver, for everything he has done.  He has been a true-blue angel to this family of dogs. 
Sometimes in this work that we do, I am often criticised by other rescuers that I should prioritise, and certain cases aren’t as important as others.  The large sum spent on one dog or cat who has a slim chance of survival, should instead be channelled over to help more dogs/cats who stand a better chance of survival.  Prioritise lives?  Play God?  I can’t, I don’t have the right to.  Every life that comes to us is precious, and held in great esteem.  We do our very best for every single life; whether it’s hanging on a thread or has a good chance, that life deserves every effort we can make to save it. 
What if we are that one life – and someone says, “Well, let’s prioritise, looks like her chances are not too good.  Let her die, and let’s channel our money to save three other people instead.”  How would we feel if we are that victim?  Can we look into the eyes of that animal in need and say to him/her, “I’m sorry, but we have to use the money to save three others, so you got to die.”  Can we?
Take a look at the eyes of the two puppies that came from Raub yesterday, diagnosed with parvo virus.  You can hear and feel them crying for help.  We have to help them.  Even if they don’t make it, at least they know, in their last remaining days, that there were humans who cared for them, and did everything possible to save their lives.  That, makes a world of difference, to the puppies and to us.  We can still sleep at night knowing we have done our very best, and not opt for the easy way out or worse…play God and decide who lives and who dies.
  
These two puppies are fighting for their lives at our vet in Puchong right now.  Their chances of survival are very slim, especially the brown one.  But we told them to hang on, and be strong.  I’ve told the vet to do everything possible to save their lives.  Please send them healing energy and wish them well. 
One of our very first cases was a kitten trapped in the engine of a van.  Both legs were broken and the prognosis was very bad.  We told the vets to do everything possible and after stabilising him for 3 days, the kitten was scheduled for surgery but he died just before surgery was performed.  Yet, he died in dignity and surrounded with lots of love.  I remember visiting him the day before the surgery.  He was calm and at peace.  I named him Kaiser.
Kaiser, the little kitten who fought bravely till the end.
All lives are precious. 
Put yourself in place of another.
Every life deserves a chance to be saved.
Have a good Sunday, and let’s do a kind deed to the animals in need.   
I will be giving a public talk this morning, and raising more awareness on the need for more collective effort to help the stray animals who share our neighbourhood, and, inevitably, our lives. 

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  1. Anonymous

    I so agree with you. Every life is precious and we are not God to choose who to live and who to die. We can only do our best for all of them and let Him decide.

    Sean, Roger and Tara are good examples of why we should not "prioritise" as a certain vet wanted to do. Left to that vet, all 3 would be dead by now, just for suspected distemper. Roger didn't have distemper and Sean and Tara both recovered fully.

    Stand your ground and know that there are many who respect and admire your stand on the issue and back you 100%.

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