Alida’s story is a sad one but an important one. For every adoption we make at DogsnHomes, we send money to Portugal to fund spay and neuter operations, to try and prevent dogs like her having to go through the same experience, as well as literally thousands of unwanted pups being born into a tough life on the streets.
The following is the reality our frontline teams deal with every day.
Another two puppies have been born in a remote field in Portugal where a heartless individual had dumped their pregnant Mother, likely due to the unwanted pregnancy. Her plight was highlighted to our Portuguese rescue team as she was seen begging for food and being constantly shooed away.
By the time she was rescued she had given birth, but this had taken its toll. She was very weak, had a broken paw, was severely malnourished and at least 15 kilos underweight. She was a sweet girl despite what she’d been through, and doing her best to feed her two babies, but her body couldn’t cope any longer.
Her rescuers called her Alida and scooped all three of them up into loving arms, vowing to nurse them back to health and show them humans were kinder than their experience so far. The pups were placed in foster once old enough so Alida could receive the intensive care she badly needed. She slowly gained weight and her rescuers treated her ailments one-by-one, a painstaking and expensive process.
Then, one night, they received a phone call saying there was something very wrong; they rushed Alida to the vet but she was experiencing organ failure as a result of chronic starvation and the kindest thing to do was let her pass over the rainbow bridge and end her suffering. The day she died was the same day her pups boarded the Happy Bus, headed for lives of love and safety in the UK.
This is a life Alida sadly never got to experience and our hearts are broken for her, and for her rescuers who worked so hard to save her; the emotional toll cannot be underestimated.
We like to mostly show the lighter side of rescue, the pups who make it and end up living the best lives they could ever have imagined. But for every pup that makes it, there are so many who don’t and whose stories will never be told.
As stated at the beginning, for every adoption at DogsnHomes, we send money to Portugal to fund spay and neuter operations. This helps to prevent unwanted pregnancies, reducing the rate of abandonment of pregnant bitches and their litters. In Portugal, there is a much lower uptake of routine spay and neutering compared to the UK; there is no overnight solution to this wider problem, but every prevented pregnancy means fewer dogs having to go through Alida’s experience.
Thank you for taking the time to read Alida’s story. If you can, please consider making a donation in her memory, by clicking the button below, and help us to help dogs like her in desperate need.