Hope and her six puppies

The Guanica Animal Rescue Project


The Guanica Animal Rescue Project

The Guanica Animal Rescue Project (GARP) is 100% volunteer, 100% donor funded, and 100% of our donations go to medical care, foster care and adoption of our rescues and shipping costs. 

The Guanica Animal Rescue Project is located in Guanica, Puerto Rico on the southwest side of the island. Guanica has long been known as a small fishing village on the coast with beautiful beaches, lovely scenery and a rich history in agriculture. Unfortunately, like many other towns in Puerto Rico, it has fallen upon bad economic times and is considered one of the poorest areas on the island and this directly impacts the animals in the area.

As a result of the economic downfall, and even cultural mindsets, many dogs, cats and horses are left to fend for themselves and are abandoned on the streets. Our mission at the Guancia Animal Rescue Project is to help as many of these animals (dogs and cats primarily) as we can with much needed veterinary care, foster care and find them forever homes through our partner organization in the United States. We spend considerable time re-socializing and showering lots of love on our rescues so they are brought back to life again and are ready for that new home and family. The ‘rebirth’ of these animals is very rewarding for us. 

Urgent medical treatment for Hope and her puppies

$1,380.00 /$2,500.00

This is one of the most heartbreaking cases we've seen in a while. We're going to name this dog Hope, as we hope we can put her back together again.  We came upon Hope today in a fenced in yard along a busy road in Guanica, Puerto Rico. Maybe this is the only kindness her owner has showed her to protect her from speeding cars. 


Hope has barely a speck of hair left on her - no coat whatsoever to protect her skin from sun, fleas, ticks and mange.  She is starving and struggling. And she is a mother to a new litter of puppies. It was hard to tell how many and what age as she has them hidden under the back of a broken-down car in the yard with only dirt and stones, but she is trying her best to feed and protect them. You can just tell her instincts are doing the best they can in such a horrible situation. Of course, there was no food or water for her anywhere. 

My colleague Wanda and I (The Guanica Animal Rescue Project) stopped to feed and water Hope, and spoke to the woman that lived next door. She said it was her son's dog, he was living on the other side of the island now and doesn't want the dog anymore. Well, that is pretty obvious.  The Guanica Animal Rescue Project is going to take Hope under our wing and do whatever we can to help her and her puppies. It will be a challenge as we can be sure she is heart worm positive among other blood diseases and it will be tricky treating her while she is nursing a litter. We hope to save them all. 

Please help us help Hope with all necessary medical treatment she and her pups will need for a full recovery.  She shouldn't suffer like this.


UPDATES (3)

Posted on July 08, 2017

We were able to build Hope a new shelter for her and her puppies and she moved right in and got comfortable! We call it 'Shabby Chic'  while we prepare to move her and the pups in another week into foster care. You can see her new place and the puppies in the pictures. Hope had moved the puppies out from under the car into a pile of leaves and it still was not the best place for them between fire ants, crabs and rats in the area. This shelter isn't perfect, but it is a far cry from what the pups have been in. We did discover that she has lost one puppy and it probably died under the car where we couldn't get to it after a heavy rainfall.

Hope has come around and is quite affectionate towards us and always wants to be petted. We've treated the pups with deworming medicine and Hope has had the same.  Hope will start her medicated baths in foster care as there presently isn't any way for us to do so where she is now. She's really coming along and it is due to your donations for food and medication.  Next up will be vaccines for all, sterilization for Hope and more medical tests. Please help out with a donation as this will be a long term project and care. This family deserves a chance and we are going give them all the help that we can. 


Posted on July 05, 2017

Hope is starting to come around now and feel more comfortable with both Wanda and me. She actually let Wanda move one of her puppies and she came up to me tail wagging and briefly let me pet her nose! She still has seven puppies, and they look to be about 3-4 weeks old. She has vacated underneath the car and moved five of them to another place in the yard. It poured last night and they weren't in the best of places in the mud puddle that was being created under the car. There are also rats and land crabs in the yard and we hope to move Hope and the pups very soon.

This isn't any way for her to raise a family.  She has them under a pile of junk in some leaves. At least it is 'softer' than were they were before. We'll work on making it better in the interim and have had to make due with things left around the yard.   Hope has gained some weight, is holding her head up higher and her eyes are brighter. The flea and tick meds are doing wonders and the vitamins are certainly helping with regular meals.  We'll have Hope and her babies on the road to recovery. Please help us keep these pups alive and and Hope getting better with a donation for their medical care.


Posted on June 30, 2017

This past Wednesday, Wanda and I met with Dr. Barrera to assess Hope and her 7!, yes 7! puppies. This poor dog has suffered more than most and it shows all over her.  We decided the best thing to do for her and her puppies is to treat her where she currently is as she is very timid and we can't get to the puppies yet. They look to be 3 weeks old. We will be going to give her food and water daily and are helping to build her immune system with multi vitamins in her food. We also gave her flea/tick medicine which is safe for lactating moms. That should start to ease some of her pain and uncomfortable situation from the severe mange and start some healing until we can start handling her and give her medicated baths.

Hope will be a long term project and we really hope that we will get financial support from everyone. We have a lot of puppies and moms mouths to feed right now that This past Wednesday, Wanda and I met with Dr. Barrera to assess Hope and her 7!, yes 7! puppies. It never stops. This poor dog has suffered more than We decided the best thing to do for her and her puppies is to treat her where she currently is as she is very timid and we can't get to the puppies yet. They look to be 3 weeks old. We will be going to give her food and water daily and are helping to build her immune system with multi vitamins in her food. We also gave her flea/tick medicine which is safe for lactating moms. That should start to ease some of her pain and uncomfortable situation from the severe mange and start some healing until we can start handling her and give her medicated baths.   Hope will be a long term project and we really hope that we will get financial support from everyone. We have a lot of mouths to feed right now that all require medical treatment and vaccines. Plus, we will having shipping cost coming up behind all of this to get them all to new homes. 

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