Unfortunately, this is a common sight in Costa Rica, starving dogs. There are many reasons why dogs end up in this shape but mostly it is the neglect of the owners. It is common when someone no longer wants a dog, they simply dump it in another neighborhood for the dog to fend for itself. The photo above illustrates what happens. They end up sick and diseased. This particular dog found himself being fed at a restaurant.
The reason for this post is to bring an awareness to all that there is something you can do to help. We have a local group here in Jaco that spans to the surrounding areas helping animals in need. Our local group is a branch of the McKee Project. Monthly, they spay and neuter animals and provide medical assistance. They also rescue animals that have been injured and provide care for them through the clinic. Of course, you can send in donations, the information is on their site at www.animalrescue-jaco.com. They are always in need of volunteers that are willing to foster a dog or cat in their home until a permanent home can be found.
In the years I have lived here, my good friend Trish Johnson has taken in her home many homeless dogs and nursed them back to good health. She has provided care for hundreds of dogs in the six years she has lived in Jaco. I can hardly recognized the dogs from their "before" condition after they have been treated for skin problems, starvation, disease, and they are living in good health and a good environment. It is amazing the transformation that occurs over time when a dog is loved and care is given. "Trish" does this on an ongoing basis and it is never ending. Her efforts are rewarded by the love and affection these special dogs give when they receive love and attention ...and a deserving home. They make the most devoted pets.
I am hoping this article brings to light an on-going problem here. Jaco streets used to be filled with wandering, starving dogs. The McKee Project has made great strides in helping with this problem but your help is needed. Please check out the site for the McKee organization for all of Costa Rica at www.mckeeproject.org or you can visit our local chapter here at www.animalrescue-jaco.com.
For more information, you can call Patrica "Trish" Johnson at 2643-1162 and she can give you specifics on how you can contribute to help these poor, defenseless animals. Thank you.
This photo was taken after his meal of french fries and a hamburger.