Those 4 dogs lived all their life in a cement cell with only one small window that gave very little light. They were a property of an old guy who thought that this is how someone should keep the dogs. He never wanted to give them away, for him, they were fine. He was one of those people that never realized that dogs have feelings too.
When the guy went to live in a home, the dogs were “free” so they were brought to the shelter. Their life changed for the better – they have a big space, they can be outside as much time as they want and they can sleep in a spacious wooden house.
But they are very traumatised dogs. They spent their lifetime being neglected and abused. They are very scared of people and they will probably never learn to trust. They are gentle though. They can be caught, albeit with difficulty, but they accept to be treated and vaccinated and they are not aggressive. Just very scared.
A home is always better than a shelter. But for those four…. only a very special home. But at least we can give them some quality of life in the shelter and they will not be hungry.
We call them “The dogs of the old guy”. Although we also gave them names: Vigia, Veloz, Valente and Vivaz. There are two males and two females.
Vigia died in May 2019.
Name and gender: Caju – male, Joana – female, Toby – male, Dina – female
Size: medium and big
Others: dewormed, females sterilised,
Story, personality, temperament:
Caju, Joana, Toby and Dina were living in the forest near the beach. When you go to the beach, have you ever thought about how many abandoned dogs the forest behind the beach hides, scared of people but at the same time waiting anxiously to approach because they are hungry? The dogs that once had a home but were abandoned, probably thrown out of a car on the road or attached to a tree with a string that they managed to chew away…. They have been living there, in the forest, for months, chased away by people and they have lost their trust in humans. They are afraid but they are also starving. So at the end of the day they go to the beach to look for scraps of food (and believe me, there is lot of garbage left on the beach, people don´t have a tendency to throw their garbage to the bins) or to look for leftovers of diners behind the restaurants.
Near one of the most famous Lisbon beaches, Caparica, 17 dogs were spotted in the forest. When a group of volunteers spotted them, they were sceletical. Not being able to help more, they at least started to bring water and food every day and the dogs put on weight. It was good to see. The dogs waited every evening for the food but only approached when people went away, they were afraid of people.
There were many female dogs in that pack. Each female can have 8 or 10 puppies and the female puppies will have puppies again and again. There could be tens or hundreds of starving scared dogs near the Caparica beach.
The volunteers decided to catch the females and have them sterilised. But it was not easy to catch them, they were too scared of people. They had to use a trap. They put some food in the trap so the dogs would enter and the door would close. Like this they managed to catch all females and some males (you can´t choose who enters in the trap…). Some dogs are impossible to catch…
Milu generously offered to take in to the shelter and she gave the biggest kennel to them. They entered and they were scared but at least they were safe and fed every day. One was old and died soon, another later. Five of them stayed.
This was in 2011. Those dogs are so scared that they will never get used to people. One you entre their kennel, they run away, they hide. They will stay in the shelter forever…..
And it costs. They need to eat. Maybe someone could sponsor them?