As you may know, Ecuador was hit by a devastating earthquake this past weekend. The carnage has left thousands of people injured and worse, to say nothing of the local dogs.
Stray from the Heart is a non-profit dog rescue organization based out of New York City. They operate solely on the generosity of their volunteers and donors to save dogs around the U.S. and abroad. These dedicated individuals were already working to rescue and find homes for the more than 3,000 estimated stray dogs in Ecuador before this disaster hit. Now the situation has become even more dire.
Stray from the Heart is assisting their Ecuador affiliate, Fundacion Camino A Casa, in rescuing and relocating the most critical animals to the capital city of Quito. There they will receive the veterinary care, food and shelter they so desperately need.
A GoFundMe page has been created to help raise the funds needed to care for all the dogs and cats affected by the tragedy. The public response to the campaign has been nothing short of inspiring, with donors sending as much as $1,000 each, as well as pledging their love and support. As of April 27, Stray from the Heart has raised more than $6,000 towards their $8,000 goal!
Every little bit helps to save dogs like Candy – who is being treated for lacerations all over her body – and Lizzie – who sustained a broken paw during the earthquake. If you cannot make a financial contribution, you can help out by sharing Stray from the Heart’s GoFundMe page on Facebook. The more awareness we raise of the plight of these animals, the more donations their rescuers can raise towards their care.
Featured Image via Jamie Schutz, Stray from the Heart