Meet Our Mange Mutts
March 11, 2016
“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” Quote by Helen Keller.
The rescue of these 8 dogs took a great collaboration of two animal welfare organizations, Canine Action Project (CAP) and AARCS.
“While in one of our target communities, we were approached by an older man asking for help for his dogs. He was very concerned and wanted us to come look at his dogs as they were losing most of their hair. The condition of the dogs was somewhat of a shock to us. But we understand that this gentleman was trying to do the best he could for his dogs with the resources he had. He expressed not knowing what to do or who to ask for help. He was very upset the dogs were suffering and was very thankful we had come to assist them. Being both compassionate towards the people and the animals involved goes along way in helping everyone, dog and human.” – Canine Action Project (CAP)
Although we understand these pictures are very shocking, it is not unusual that remote communities have limited or no access to veterinary care, where resources for people, let alone animals are scarce. This is why understanding, collaboration and education is important. CAP’s transported the animals to AARCS where we then took over their care. There are eight dogs in total, including two 6 week old puppies, all of which are suffering from sarcoptic mange. Being infested with these nasty parasites has caused them to lose their coats and leave their skin dry, scabbed and unbearably itchy. Since being in our care, they have received medical attention and have began their treatments. Sadly, one of the young puppies is currently hospitalized, she is very young and her immune system is very fragile, please keep her in your thoughts.
We would like to thank our friends from the Canine Action Project for the work they do. The Canine Action Project (CAP) is a Canadian registered charity that assists rural, remote First Nations Communities in Saskatchewan work towards optimal health for their people, animals and the environment through a One Health approach.
“It takes nothing away from a human to be kind to an animal.”
Quote by Joaquin Phoenix
After a long journey from Lloydminster to Calgary
After arriving in our care, we began treatment for sarcoptic mange. This includes a skin scraping on each dog, a medicated bath and a doses of NexGard. Young pups, Barika and Kerchak we’re only 6 weeks old, weak, itchy and covered in sarcoptic mites, along with the others. It is pretty amazing that they had survived this long to begin with during the cold winter months. They were both hospitalized and put on IV fluids to keep them alive. They other 6 dogs stayed on quarantine (in pairs) at Safe Haven. (Consider sponsoring a Dog Kennel to provide a temporary shelter). They were cared for by our wonderful and dedicated volunteers until they we’re cleared from sarcoptic mange and able to be placed into loving Foster Homes.