December 9, 2004
From International Fund for Animal Welfare /IFAW
Boiling water is poured over the head of a tiny puppy named Kiko to punish him.
A gentle tan and black dog is beaten every day and tortured, a wire collar left around its neck to tear into her flesh.
A shepherd mix is locked in a cell to die an agonizing death from mange, every bit of fur gone from his bald body, his rib cage prominently showing.
These are the dogs of the death row round up shelters. And time is running out to save them.
I am asking you today to step forward this holiday and help me stop this suffering. Each year thousands of dogs are locked away in round-up shelters to die by gas chamber or electrocution. People "lose interest." They consider animals "dumb throwaways" to be left behind when they move. They think animals feel no pain.
I am writing to you because I know you believe that a puppy is a precious life that depends on us when it is hungry, cold, hurt or sick.
But in Mexico, South Africa, China, Russia, and even here in our own backyard, thousands of street dogs will be abandoned this holiday season and suffer terribly. I believe we can save these dogs but I cannot do it alone.
If you could see the reports as I have … the dogs trembling, with sunken, pleading eyes, bone sticking through their rib cages, their fur gone … and yet still trying to muster a wag of the tail … still looking to us for any sign of hope … I know you would help these dogs.
We need to help courageous groups in rural Mexico like the IFAW-supported PRODAN. This unique foster program made entirely of volunteers removes these suffering animals from death row shelters and places them into loving homes. This past year alone, PRODAN found caring homes for 1,300 needy animals about to die. You have helped save animals from desperate situations before. Please help again today, during this special season, to make sure these animals live to see the new year.
Save a puppy from death row and make this holiday truly special.
Thanks for all you do,
President and CEO
P.S. I recently learned about a house fire in Northern Mexico that left two dogs severely wounded. PRODAN has taken these dogs under their care but one dog has already lost his life. We are hopeful the other pup will pull through but anything you can do now to aid in this sad tragedy would mean the world to the family of these dogs.
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