We have been fortunate to be directly involved with many heartwarming success stories of animals that virtually received a “new life”, thanks to the tireless efforts of our staff and volunteers. We will regularly feature these Success Stories to share with you. Please read on to discover “Chicharito, Coconuts and Ricky the Box Dog stories”. It is quite moving and reminds us all that what we do is absolutely worthwhile!
While performing a major campaign in March of 2016 we were surveying the crowd of dogs, cats and their owners waiting in line and we came across this horrific sight of a dog that had fallen off a second floor landing two years prior and shattered both of his front legs at the joints and below. His name is Chicharito. His owner, desperate to help her dog sought help from a local vet who was not qualified in orthopedics to perform such a complicated surgery. This is what we saw.
Chicharitos owner Reina paid $5000 pesos to the local vet and this was the result. Reina had accepted that her beloved dog would live the rest of his life in racking pain. She said he cried constantly and she had to carry him everywhere. She simply could not afford another surgery and lost all hope of her dog every living a pain free life. The HSCI through local veterinarian and BOD member Dr. Ivan Aguilar recruited the help of Internationally acclaimed ortho surgeon Dr Beremiz Sanchez of Mexico City. By raising the funds to bring the doctor to Cozumel we were able to perform the extensively complicated surgery to rebuild Chicharitos legs.
While hosting a visit from IFAWS CEO Azzadine Downs we were taking a drive around the island when we encountered a dog on the far east side in the middle of the road. Our caravan of cars pulled over to find a dog with a dried out piece of possum flesh in his mouth. He appeared to be clinging to life. Weak and frail, suffering from dehydration and starvation, we picked him up and put him in the back of our car. His coat appeared to be covered in what looked and felt like tar. As we bathed him the oil hair and flesh fell from his body. His skin was raw from the burnt oil that someone had poured over his body to possible heal mange. This is a common local myth that people use to cure skin problems. Our vets were not 100% optimistic that Coconut would survive.
Lisa and Ernesto took Coconut home. Lisa…“We all decided to give Coconut a fighting chance. He had a look in his eyes that reflected the suffering he had endured. Once we brought home he curled up on a comforter with his bony body and slept for 3 days. We had to wake him up to eat.” After 3 months of tender loving care Coconut was ready to begin the grueling and painful heart worm treatment. Lisa…“The treatment was a huge setback in his health, but without it he would not live. We were once again so worried he would not make it. He was so weak Ernesto had to carry him to the grass to urinate.” But once more Coconuts spirit prevailed and he was again on his way to recovery. After 6 months of extensive treatment for heartworm, erlichiosis, skin therapy and anaplasmosis, all paid for by the HSCI, Coconut was ready for adoption. Carolann Cassello from Cape Cod Michigan saw Coconuts story on youtube and it was immediate love. She applied to adopt him and plans were being made to take him to his new furever home. Lisa….”Saying goodbye to Coconut was the hardest thing I have ever done in my many years of rescuing animals. Our family had grown to love him as if he had been ours since he was a pup.”
Please watch both youtube videos to see Coconuts road from side of the road slow death to happy healthy pup with his new family.
Coconuts medicines and therapies were completely paid for by the Humane Society of Cozumel Island made possible through donations to our organization. Please donate!
Ricky “The Box Dog”
The makeshift doghouse above is where Ricky lived… a small wooden frame wit black cardboard sides and roof covered with a black curtain. Above is the way we found him… chained inside that box. He lived in the dark… for 6 years.
The photos below show Ricky the day he arrived at our shelter. This was in September, the day Monica took him out of the wooden box he had been living in for 6 years. Never let out or receiving vet care in his sad life. Sick and diseased but so sweet and grateful to be taken out of the box, we decided he needed a chance.
Ricky is a large, white dog, probably a Labrador mix. By the time we knew about Ricky and went to rescue him, he was emaciated. His platelets were extremely low from Erlichiosis and his penis bleeding from more venereal tumors than we have ever seen in one single dog.
Lisa Ramirez & Nora Hernandez stepped up to foster Ricky. They brought him out of his box of fear and taught him not to be afraid of new experiences. We are certain that a man abused him. He is not aggressive, but terrified of all men. He becomes shy and freezes. Small places also scare him and he was quite hesitant to get into Nora’s VW bug, but once he crossed the line he was OK. Nora took Ricky for nice long walks, taught him about life outside of a box and gave him the love he never had. Thank you so much Nora!
Below is a picture or Ricky today – strong and beautiful. He has come a long, long way. We were so lucky to have found a placement that could work with him a bit more to make him perfect for adoption. He is now in his forever home in Canada near Toronto. Special thanks to Ola Zalewski from www.pawsabovecanine.com for her help in rehabbing Ricky.
A HUGE thanks to Nora Hernandez for fostering him and to all the Humane Society staff & volunteers for pulling him through all his medical issues!
Ricky’s transition was costly and the Humane Society of Cozumel absorbed the entire bill for his rehabilitation. We had a few people help with food but the meds alone were in the thousands of pesos. If you haven’t made a donation to the HSCI in a while, now would be a great time. If you have never made one, search your heart and see if it’s the right thing for you to do.
We need help! We need money to keep going!
The HSCI is funded by donations and the last 2 years have been extremely difficult.
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Thank you to all of our volunteers and sponsors for your year-round support!
Ricky & his mom Danika Gauthier