September 16, 2011
A "Less Adoptable" Pet Transforms His Owner's Life.
Benefactors David and Dottie Bonnett sponsored Rusty, and we expected him to become one of our "lifelong" residents at our spacious jungle property. Despite his troubles, Rusty remained extremely affectionate.
I will never forget the day this male Veterinarian came to the office with tears in his eyes. He had just come from visiting Rusty. Emotionally, he described his experience. The teenager was alone in the family room with Rusty. No training exists in Iquitos for Guide Dogs or Assistance Dogs (see "Assistance Dogs in the Amazon"). Yet Rusty was a natural. The veterinarian explained that this dog and teenager communicated on human terms. When the boy spoke, Rusty understood. They behaved like brothers.
Dog abandonment is rampant in Iquitos, and the Amazon CARES Animal Refuge has a wonderful lifetime resident program. We are forever appreciative to David and Dottie Bonnett for sponsoring Rusty as well as many other wonderful animals. Between now and March 2012, a donor has challenged CARES to raise $12,000. If we reach this goal, the Donor will donate $18,000 to CARES! Please find it in your heart to support one of our less adoptable pets today.