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Angels in Everglades: Saving the Homeless Dogs in South Florida

Two years ago, Kathy Cremer teamed up with Mirta Maltes to rescue animals in the Homestead, Everglades and Redlands areas of South Florida.

The stray dog situation in these areas has become quite tragic over the years. Hundreds and hundreds of dogs are being discarded byEverglades dog their owners in this undeveloped land. The land stretches on for miles and there is no access to food or water for the dumped dogs. The dogs are left to wander and scavenge in order to survive. They are exposed to deadly predatory alligators and snakes as well as parasites and diseases.

There is also the problem of breeding. These dogs are not sterilized so they continuously breed, resulting in hundreds of puppies roaming the streets with no chance of survival. They will all eventually face death; unfortunately it will not be a humane, painless death, but a slow death of starvation and disease. The animals are left to be eaten alive by ticks, fleas, and mites. They suffer from horrific mange in which their hair is eliminated and their skin is attacked by bacterial infections, which cause extreme pain.

However, this is not the only suffering they are left prone to. They can also encounter attacks from other animals, and getting hit by cars resulting in unattended injuries forcing them to live dragging their injured and painful limbs behind them.

It is a horrific plight for these animals that at one time were someone’s pets. No matter what they have lived through, they still love and are begging to be rescued from this hell. They chase after cars, pleading for someone to stop and pick them up.

Unfortunately, this county has no shelter or manpower in this area to assist or put a stop to this ongoing epidemic. It is left up to the people that care, which live there. They see this every day.

Kathy and Mirta try valiantly to do their part but for lack of physical space and funds, they cannot on their own be responsible for the hundreds and hundreds of animals suffering there.

Mirta Maltese works side by side with these dogs in the field. She is an Everglades Park Ranger by day and an animal rescuer by night and any other time that she is not working. She witnesses this situation every single day and does the work of ten people by trapping, feeding, reporting and fostering these animals.

Kathy Cremer of My Animals Rock has been Mirta’s biggest supporter by assisting with surgeries, vetting, spaying, neutering, and finding fosters and adoptive homes for the animals rescued.

In 2013, Mirta was able to incorporate her rescue organization, Chain of Love Abandoned Animals, a non profit organization.

Mirta and Kathy cannot save the Everglades dogs on their own. There are too many and more and more arriving daily.  They are in desperate need of monetary support, fostering, boarding and homes for these animals.

They currently have many dogs waiting for placement but they are not having much luck. Meanwhile many more are sitting in the fields awaiting their turn for help that Kathy and Mirta cannot provide until they can get more assistance and volunteers.

Visit their website to view the current dogs needing placement. If you are a rescue and can take just one dog (most are fully vetted) from them they will be most appreciative

At the present time donations are being accepted on behalf of Chain of Love organization through Kathy’s website www.myanimalsrock.org. Donations can be made via credit card, Paypal or mailing checks to My Animals Rock, P.O Box 630729, Miami, Florida 33163.

Most of the veterinarians that they work with will also accept direct contributions toward the animals they are treating.

All these dogs have been forgotten and dumped by the people they loved and trusted the most. Don’t let them continue to be forgotten again and ignored.

Please help the Everglades dogs.

“We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.” – Immanuel Kant

 

About the Author

Denise Carey-Costa has been a lifelong advocate for animals. She has written numerous children’s books promoting kindness and compassion for all creatures and raising awareness for the plight of unwanted animals. Denise tours with her books to schools and libraries teaching the importance of spaying and neutering your pets, adopting a shelter pet and how to report animal cruelty. Visit Amazon.com and all other book retailers to see books written by Denise Carey-Costa.

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