TWELVE-WEEK-OLD puppy Albert was neglected and in need of extensive vet treatment when he landed in the care of local dog rescue organisation Guardian Angel Animal Rescue (GAAR).
He and 19 other dogs, including two pregnant females and 14 puppies, were rescued from a remote northern community early last week, and are now in the care of GAAR for treatment, socialising and training, ahead of being re-homed.
GAAR founder and veterinary nurse Aimee Dent said Albert has since undergone surgery to remove a leg, owing to an untreated injury suffered at four weeks old, but has since shown great signs of improvement.
“I can put him down and he can run around on the floor, and he is having a great time playing with the toys,” she said.
“So, he is really, really good and has adapted well.”
GAAR is one of three not-for-profit animal rescue organisations currently working with a volunteer program helping abandoned, or neglected, dogs from remote communities.
They’ve been told to prepare to receive up to 50 dogs at one time, and earlier this year received 35 at once.
“There is no desexing or vet clinics up there, so that’s where it’s really hard with over-population and then interbreeding as well,” Ms Dent said.
“These dogs have great social skills with other dogs, but they have no idea on basic obedience, so they can’t sit, have never been on a lead before, and a lot have never even seen cars driving around.”
Through her work at the Blakes Tiver Vet Centre, Ms Dent is hoping to organise a trip to the
remote communities to set up a temporary dog desexing clinic.
However, GAAR relies on the ongoing support of the Gawler and surrounding region to fundraise for the trip, and fund the vet treatment for the dogs already rescued.
“There is a vet that goes up there now and desexes 10 dogs at any one time, and we are looking at doing the same thing, but, once again, that’s at a cost,” Ms Dent said.
“We need to pay the vets and nurses, and need to have the resources for the medication and pay for the surgeries.
“Albert’s surgery was $1500 and he still needs a lot of vet work as well, and that is something we rely on the donations for.”
Already, the community has stepped up to support Albert, with $1600 donated over the past week.
Further donations to support the work of GAAR can be directed to fundraise.giveeasy.org/campaigns/our-pup-needs-help/ or by visiting guardianangelrescue.com.au/donate/