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Greetings from Figge Fulvio

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Many ask whats the best part of rescuing animals?

I think the biggest joy is when we find a homeless dog his/her forever home, and receiving greetings and updates from the new family.

I can tell you, our smiles are big.

Suddenly, we have filled our minds and hearts with positive energy again.

Fulvio –now Figge was rescued in southern Italy. He really had some bad luck the first year, and his foster mom loved him dearly, but couldn’t keep him. Then, we found a wonderful family up in Sweden. Figge finally got his “own” family. He gets great love, exercise, and loves to window-shopping.

AWL was able to drive him the whole way up–

That’s Amore!

When a Rat is Getting Sick

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One morning our rescue rat Samantha started to walk in circles and tilting her head to the side. We rushed her to the veterinarian last Monday. The veterinarian told us that it could be a neurological problem.

Samantha got three shots;  for pain, vitamins and cortisone. We made a re-check appointment a couple of days later. However, if not better, come in right away.

Samantha became a little better but still, she fell when she tried to wash herself.

Friday came and we took Samantha with us to the appointment. We were nervous, still, she wasn’t herself. She hadn’t been eating, only drinking, –plus yogurt–. My favorite veterinarian Stephanie (Frau Spotl) greeted us when we walked into her clinic. She took Samantha and looked into her ears.

Bingo! Samantha got an ear infection!

Bacteria test was being made and sent away to the laboratory. Meanwhile, Samantha got antibiotic, pain medicine and protein food with her home.

It was amazing to see Samantha a couple of hours later, eating and feeling so much better. Her caretaker Olivia was most happy. We all had been scared to lose Samantha.

Why I like my veterinarian so much, some have asked me.

She listens, she teaches, she cares and she laughs. That’s for me is a Golden Keeper. Down in southern Italy, I had the same veterinarian, Dr. Damiani for four years before moving to Germany. His passion and teaching will I always carry with me.

That’s Amore!

 

Look! Here I am

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This is Fulvio and he has waited for a forever home for six months now. We still cannot understand why no one would like to adopt him!

He had a rough start in his life, born on the streets of Neapels in Italy. At an age of 4 months, he got caught by the dogcatchers. They brought him to a very stressful veterinarian clinic where they spay and neuter strays.

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There are No emotions! It’s like a fabric. The sound from hundreds of dogs with anxiety hurts both heart and ears.

Fulvio didn’t have any owner that was waiting for him.

After getting castrated the dog catchers drove him out to the streets and dumped him into a pack of other stray dogs.

Fulvio got severed attacked by a group of strays that protected their territories.

Luckily an Animal Volunteer came passing by and got me out from the dog’s teeth. She drove me to a nice veterinarian and they stitched me up and gave me medicine.

Despite all this is Fulvio a wonderful sweet and funny dog, that love play with other dogs. He is gentle and sweet towards people. This makes us suprised why no one want to adopt him.

Now I am 10 months old and cannot stay any longer at the place he was brought to.

Fulvio’s biggest wish is to feel loved and secured.

To the best family, he can travel. He got his pet passport, up to date shots, dewormed, flea free, newly washed and smells like a puppy: fresh.

Please, give me a second chance. Contact our CEO Mia Mattsson-Mercer

awlrescueteam@gmail.com

 

Nico is Searching for a Family

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Nico Is Looking For A Family!

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Do you remember our special boy Nico? The dog whose American family could not take him back to the States because he was so sick he couldn’t get a health stamp in his passport? Let me remind you and bring you up-to-date on his story…

Three years ago, Nico was adopted (not from AWL, but from another rescue organization in Spain) by an American family in Southern Germany. He was loved from the minute they brought him home. But it was not an easy adoption. The family discovered that he had problems with his back legs. He had surgery on one back knee and later the other. They worked very hard helping him to walk again. He hated water and refused to swim, so his therapy consisted of tiny walks, making him a little stronger each day.

After a few weeks, Nico started showing signs of depression. Two different veterinary clinics said it could be an allergy. His appearance started to change drastically. He became pale and lost a lot of weight. He looked like a dog ready to die. And he was ready to die.

When the American vet on the military base saw him, he did a leishmania test and it came out positive. Nico would be denied permission to travel.

In December 2017, only two weeks before departing for the US, the family began a search for a foster family for Nico. A family that could take care of him until he would be healthy enough to make the trip to the US. AWL answered the call as I had worked with several leishmania cases in Southern Italy and I knew it is possible to get great results.

When I saw Nico the first time he was very, very sick. And it has been a lot of hard work getting him back to health. At the beginning he slept many hours a day. He ate small portions of food 5 times a day. I took him to the German veterinarian and we did more blood tests to assess his situation so we could begin his medication.

During the next 30 days, I had to inject him with glucantime twice a day. He was a great dog letting me do my job. He also took 300 mg of Allopurinol every day and he got extra protein orally, along with his special food. And let’s not forget the love and tenderness that he needed to feel comfortable and heal.

To our delight, Nico started to gain weight. And strength. He started to run wild outside, barking at everything like he was discovering the world for the first time. He was curious and wobbly like a puppy since he needed to rebuild the muscles in his back legs. He has the run of a big garden so he can do as he pleases and recovers at his own pace.

When AWL accepted Nico as a foster, we agreed that when he was healthy enough, he would be transferred from Frankfurt, Germany to Texas, USA. And last month his blood tests showed that his organs were improving. Not yet 100% as his immune system is still week, but he is getting close.

I started worrying about Nico’s journey. Remembering that Leishmania could be exacerbated by stress, I wondered how his body would tolerate the trip that could end up taking 24 hours, especially if there were delays. After lying in his crate for 2 hours, it takes Nico a couple of steps to unfold himself. How would he do with extended periods of confinement. Although I have had dogs with Leishmania travel around Europe, I was still worried. Like a human patient living with HIV turning into AIDS, the immune system is fragile and suddenly the condition can go downhill rapidly.

After coming back from the brink of death, would a trip to the US take him there again?

So this weekend I talked to the family and explained Nico’s situation. And they shared my concerns. I asked if they would consider adoption in Europe where we could drive him to his new home? And the said yes! They thought long and hard about jeopardizing his health again and decided to do what would be best for him.

So….here we are. We need to find Nico a forever home with a family here in Europe. He is now full of life. He’s only three years old. He’s crate trained. He loves to play with my other 9 dogs. He would love to have a big garden. He loves walks (although his is full of enthusiasm and does tend to pull a bit). He is used to children.

Nico is castrated (neutered). His shots are up-to-date. And he has his pet passport.

Please help us to give Nico what he is dreaming about. A family that will appreciate his amazing story. His energy. And his cheeky personality.

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Sanctuary is Growing

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Little would I know going to our veterinarian (specialist in exotic animals) with our sick bearded dragon Bob I would leave the clinic with 4 new “friends’ in need of homes.

I am teaching my Animal Study class the importance of taking care of a pet. Nothing you get ride of when getting board. It’s sad to see healthy animals being brought to veterinarians to be put down. I can only imagine how the veterinarian feels, their job is to help animals to get better, and when suffering help them peacefully to eternal sleep.

When I saw the turtles in plastic buckets (rectangular) I couldn’t turn my back.

Me and my children drove to the store and bought material to fence in the pond. I am so grateful to the workers in the store that patiently tried to understand what I wanted. Its difficult in German to explain building material. I got perfect help. Thank you HELA.

Ali came and started to help, and today, we are going to continuing building.

Our Sanctuary is now bigger than it ever became in Italy! We are fewer volunteers too due to location.

We ask you for your support, every donation counts and goes to the animal and building material. (200 euro for the material.)

Salad, fruit, and worms are needed to our big turtles, rats, Quail and Bearded Dragon Cass (and of course when Billy Bob is coming home from the clinic)

Donation information please go to our main page and scroll down.

From all our hearts, thank you for your support and attention.

That’s Amore!

 

Working on the D Vitamins

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Amazingly, we can provide Miracle some Sunshine during these dark days (its getting brighter day by day) He loved having warmth relaxing his muscles.

I think this was the first time Miracle received Solarium for Horses. He is 26 years old rescue horse/retired from being a riding school horse in southern Italy. (Now in S Germany together with us as an AWL Horse.)

Two more horses from the same stable are coming up the end of this month. And we will provide the same service as we give Miracle.

All your donations (earmarked Horses) will go to give them the best services. Please, help us help them to have the wonderful retirement that they so deserve. Not end up in a slaughterhouse with anxiety and worthlessness as their last feelings.

WE cannot save them all, however we can all help to make a difference.

That’s Amore,