Monthly Archives: October 2016
Nosara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Catherine Wells, one of the Founding Members and Treasurer of the Board of Directors of AMOR, just received word from one of our supporters in the US, Diana Bell. Diana, a kind animal lover, has bought 2 traps for animals and is planning to bring one in November and one in January. This will really help the efforts of AMOR in the community and specifically, will help the lady with a house full of cats (around 5 recognized and 15 to 20 not yet properly identified).
The traps will help the staff of AMOR to give these cats the treatment they deserve.
Catherine Wells is also working to get blood test kits for the cats, to be provided (or maybe even donated) by friends of AMOR in Austin, Texas.
Success upon success.
You can read about the House of Cats in the following link:
Nosara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Some time ago, Marielos, a woman from the Nosara area, noticed some cats roaming around her house. Touched by their situation, she began to feed them, only to realize that the cats had started breeding.
Now, there are around 15-20 adult cats. We could not get an accurate number as the cats come and go as they please. Only 5 of the cats are approachable, all the others are feral and will reject human contact. The population is still growing as this article is written.
On the first visit, Marcia Wallace, President of AMOR, reported that one of the kittens had to be taken to euthanasia, due to multiple medical issues. It was a very sad day for the crew.
The strategy that AMOR wants to follow is to trap, spay, neuter and release the cats, but they need more traps, and need funding to tackle this issue as they are used to. So far, only 4 of the cats that are approachable have been sterilized on September 24th. At AMOR, backing out is not an option.
Marcia Wallace told us that they would not settle for any kind of traps for the cats. “The traps need to be humane”, she said.
The crew of AMOR has given the cats food and some medicines, which has given hope to Marielos that soon all these cats could be healthy, and maybe even adopted.
Hope, even in such a dire situation, is also a huge success.
Nosara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Marcia Wallace, Presidente of AMOR, discovered a house with 15 dogs (8 of which are puppies) reported to AMOR by a concerned Costa Rican called Natalie. Immediately, she started to move. First, the family that is taking care of the dogs visited a spay and neuter clinic, on September 24th. After that, in September 30th, an AMOR representative reported that there was a puppy with a fungus on its tail, which is being treated.
This house of dogs (the owner of the house prefers to stay in anonymity), also hosts a dog with cancer. The name of the dog is Nena (female). Dr. Carl Wells, member of AMOR and veterinarian certified in the US and Costa Rica, confirmed this diagnostic. On October 11th, Dr. Susana Marín Fallas of Safari Animal Clinic performed a cancer removal surgery, and so far the recovery is doing well.
We count on the support of the community to continue these stories of success, one day at a time.
Nosara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. The Vicepresident and Operations Manager of Amor, Jeanette Johnstone, just reported us that the semi-feral kittens have shown signs of improvement. They are getting used to her hand being present, and are showing more curiosity, which is a great sign. We remain hopeful that these kittens will be able to find a home.
Here is a video of the cats.
Yet, another success.
Nosara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Our Star Rescuer, Jeanette Johnstone, got a call from an anonymous supporter about a dog in Arenales, Nosara, who seemed very sick. Jeanette, an experienced veterinary technician, did the initial check-up of the situation with the help of a local veterinarian in Arenales.
Mancha, as the dog is called, received the attention of a Veterinarian in Nosara, Dr. Randall Moya Paniagua from Nosaravet, who gave him antibiotics, injections and a three day pill prescription. The treatment should take care of the possible dog parasites. Additional to this, the veterinarian gave Mancha an additional injection of concentrated vitamins and minerals.
The veterinarian injected IV antibiotics (Baytril) (IV – injections directly into veins) on Friday, Saturday and Monday. On Friday, Mancha was also given a subcutaneous (under the skin) injection of a vitamin supplement that has extra B vitamins to help with anemia problems.
Mancha is old, and un-neutered. He was evidently very hungry, as his poor health did not deter him from eating a whole can of special critical care food.
The supporter who reported this also took care of the veterinarian and medicine bill, showing a great compassion to our canine brother.
With some general advice about dog care and specific advice on a special nutrition for the dog, our rescuer Johnston and the Veterinarian left the scene, with hope that Mancha’s health will improve soon. The veterinarian scheduled a follow-up visit after three days.
The general strategy for treatment is to give Mancha antibiotic pills for a month (Doxicycline, which is a strong antibiotic, to treat the blood parasites) and continue to do weekly follow-up visits.
The supporter wishes to remain anonymous, and we at AMOR Newsletter wish to thank his generosity, whoever he or she may be.
If Mancha’s health does not improve, rescuer Johnstone is already coordinating with Amor Animales Staff to get a foster home for him, or to simply host him under Amor Animales direct care.
This rescue was also an opportunity to meet the new veterinarian in Arenales.
Nosara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. On the 29th of September, our Vice-President and star rescuer, Jeanette Johnstone, visited an expat in Guiones Beach about a stray mom cat and her kittens. One of the kittens was taken by a friend, but two others were locked up in a bodega for three days. Apparently, they were lost and the woman who took them in could not find them for that time lapse.
Jeanette rescued the two cats from the bodega, but they were already feral and violent. She gave them a big crate with food and was able to lure them into eating. Under her expert care, the kittens are already showing sings of progress. They use a litter box and eating their food. She told our interviewer that in two weeks she should know if the cats will be sociable or not. “Some kittens are born feral”, she said, “and cannot be socialized, they are too wild. We should know within two weeks if there is any chance they can be socialized to be pets. If not, we can get them vaccinated, castrated, ear-tipped and released as per protocol. This way we are helping to control both the cat population and spread of contagious diseases. ”
We will be following up on these cats. Hopefully, we will have a new success in this story, but finding the cats and giving them care is already a success.
Welcome to AMOR Newsletter.
We want to bring you the stories that we experience in the most transparent way possible. We want to bring you the heartwarming moment when an animal in a health crisis or suffering on the street is cured or adopted. Our goal is that the newsletter expresses our efforts and our organization.
I, as editor, have seen how the other members of AMOR dedicate their entire lives to this cause. They are the constructive rebels, they are the unsung heroes that rescue those without a voice. I want to change that, I want their barks and meows and voices to be heard.
I hope you enjoy reading this as much as we enjoy reporting, writing and taking photos.