World Animal Day each year on 4th October is a global celebration for humankind to acknowledge their fellow creatures. Established in 1931 by ecologists in Italy to heighten the awareness of endangered species. Since then animal lovers throughout the world identify 4th October as a day to display their compassion and united support for the plight of all animals, whether they be companions, support, or simply wild creatures in need of our protection.
World Animal Day is an affirmation of our appreciation of how all animals enhance the lives of us humans.
Ironically a young male German Shepherd was found by the Animal Tracks team after he had been abandoned close to the rescue centre on 4th October. He was hardly recognisable as his breed, he was in such appalling condition. He had a chronic skin infection, sparse patchy fur and was malnourished to almost starvation. Of course as always IAR sprang to his aid and took him into the kennels where he received intensive care and kindness and the nutritional food he had so obviously been without.
We can never know the torment and neglect that the poor creature suffered before he was rescued but what we do know is that he has found his human. A lovely local man called Gopi agreed to adopt him and named him Bruno. Needless to say IAR Goa will provide the obligatory back up and support and the first year's free veterinary care should Bruno or Gopi need it.
Tragically there seems to be an ever increasing amount of breed dogs that come to be abandoned and in similar condition, these dogs are bred purely to be sold as a commodity and satisfy the greed of man. Why breed dogs and cats when there are countless wonderful animals already born? Breeds are not nearly as hardy, economical or easy to feed and maintain as the indigenous Goan dogs who thrive on affection most of whom would be your friend for life given half a chance.
Of course Bruno has been saved and his future welfare will be observed but there are countless others out there who are not so fortunate.
Animal Tracks has a constant flow of cats and dogs for re homing, all seeking the salvation of a good caring local home. These photographs taken just five weeks apart are undeniable evidence of how rapid healing can occur when we open our hearts to embrace a rescue animal.