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24 January 2001 Issue
Homeless Dogs in Chile

by Gerald Hendricks - fine_dogs@prodigy.net 

I am concerned about the welfare of the dogs and cats in Chile. I was visiting a year ago and it was so painful to see the starvation of all these poor animals on the streets.

In a country where there is no leash law, many animals roam on the streets looking for food in trash cans and sleeping rough on the streets. Many of them are hit by cars. Fortunately there is a local Humane Society there, which is a private non profit organization, whose funds are realized entirely
through donations and fund raising projects.

The local council provides the grounds but are unable due to financial constraints to provide the necessary funds to build a proper shelter or for the basic maintenance, such as veterinary services and feeding, or a vehicle for transportation of stray animals and use as an ambulance. In Villa Alemana for example, a medium sized town in central Chile, where the average income is no greater than $200 a month and above average unemployment. The hundred members, most of them out of work are only able to give their love and undivided attention to these animals who live overcrowded in cramped conditions. Although most of them work hard in maintaining the place, clean and provide the animals with food to the best of their abilities. They are unable to build a large all weather shelter, which is badly needed to house the hundreds and even thousands of animals roaming the streets. Most of them come in with diseases.

The president of this organization, Mrs Silvia Gomez, is in bad need for support to provide these animals with the necessary care and attention. An example. $2 would supply 1/2 kilo of cat food, $5 would pay for all shots for 1 dog, $10 would pay for veterinary fees for neutering or spaying.

Please contact Pamela Hendricks (fine_dogs@prodigy.net) for further information.

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