Puppy Rescue: Homestead, Florida

During last week’s food donation, I was introduced to Mirta, a wonderful lady that runs a rescue group called Chain of Love Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida. She also works with My Animals Rock. Mirta is a busy woman.

When she found out I had a weakness for adorable puppies, she asked if I would like to go with her to rescue a few.

“Yes, yes, yes!”

I met Mirta, her friend Georgina, and a few others in Homestead, at the edge of a banana plantation surrounded by farmland. Unfortunately, the area is a popular place to abandon dogs, and it doesn’t take long to find a large number of now-homeless dogs every time you visit. The dogs reproduce quickly, and are scattered throughout the farmlands, starving, being killed by snakes and other animals, and even by farm owners protecting their livestock.

A week ago, Georgina had found a mother and ten puppies in the middle of the plantation, and decided to move them to safety under a lean-to located on the property, where they would at least be safe from the rain and the beating sun.

After we had gathered a few crates, leashes, and catch-poles (and covered ourselves in bug spray) we began to gather the mom and her pups from beneath the shelter. I slid underneath one side of the lean-to, and Georgina went to the opposite end. Mirta told me to be ready to move quickly, because the mom may start to charge if she felt like we were threatening her pups. I gently grabbed the only two puppies I could reach as the mom rose to inspect, and quickly reversed directions, crawling out on my elbows with a puppy in each hand. While the mother was distracted, Georgina was able grab the remaining puppies from the other end of the shelter. With all ten puppies safely in a crate, the mom willingly followed.

Before we left, we were able to rescue two other male dogs. All three adults looked malnourished, had evident signs of skin problems and other external ailments, and just seemed defeated. When I looked at all of the beautiful animals we had rescued, I couldn’t help but be overcome by my emotions. After the adrenaline had worn off, and the effort it had taken to crate the mom, her puppies, and the two male dogs had settled in, I knew it was worth it. They all had a chance at a better life.

The dogs were taken to a local vet, where they were examined and able to start the recovery process. Mom and pups are currently being fostered, and the two adult males are anxiously awaiting their new families to find them.

Learn more about Chain of Love Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida.