It’s not always about monkeys, bears and elephants…. Many of you may remember special Star (aka. Tripod) the resident 3 legged dog at the WFFT Wildlife Rescue Centre? Last week Star made the epic journey to the USA after being adopted by WFFT Volunteer Deborah Harvey. Star was brought into the WFFT Wildlife Hospital with severe injury to her right front leg. We did not know what had happened to her but the bottom part of leg was badly injured and infected. The WFFT Vet Team made the decision to amputate her leg, the operation was a success and within a few hours Star was back on her feet. Once she had recovered we called her ‘owner’ to come and collect her but they said that they found her like that, they were actually not her owners…. What to do now…? So Star joined the 30 dogs that already call WFFT their forever home.
A few weeks after being with us we de-sexed star as we do with all dogs and cats that come through the rescue centre. During the surgery bullets were found in her stomach from incidents of people shooting her. We also found that her uterus was inflamed, this inflammation was likely caused by her previous owner’s self medicating her with human contraception injections, this is a common and rather inhumane way people prevent their pets from breeding here in Thailand. The bullets and her uterus were removed, this poor girl had been through so much, but she recovered and became stronger and stronger.
She spent the next few months living at WFFT until Deborah fell in love with her and asked if she could take her home to Canada. Just last week Star headed off to the USA and has settled in wonderfully with her new chihuahua brothers, her special orthopedic dog bed and a huge yard to play in.
We are in the process of starting a cat and dog project in the Cha-am/Hua Hin area in conjunction with some other domestic animal welfare groups and specialists in the area. Watch this space for updates very soon.