Why does it take us so long to do something we love? I didn’t realise how much I actually loved animals until I arrived in Mauritius, after volunteering with PAWS and loving every minute I took a leap of faith a few weeks back and started working with them. It’s an emotional journey every day but one that constantly inspires me in so many ways and builds my heart with love and life for these little souls.
The days are filled with many patients, vaccinations and sterilisation which is very important here in Mauritius due to the many strays that are living a sad life on the streets. The puppies and kittens being dumped in bags on the side of the road. Hotels poisoning helpless dogs and cats, puppies, kittens that’s are trying to survive just for the sake of tourists, yet these animals are neither aggressive or a problem. What’s meant to be an animal protection agency MSAW catching and putting healthy dogs down. What kind of people does that to other living things. Unfortunately this happens not only in Mauritius but also around the world. We are so lucky in Europe we don’t generally have a massive amount of issues like this and we don’t usually find stray dogs.
Not all people here are not brought up to treat animals in a way that you should. I would say a lot of people are uneducated. Feeding them bread and other poor qualities of food for a dog. Letting them roam the street, leaving them with wounds or illnesses untreated. A lot are kept on chains, outside and as guard dogs. I don’t want to tarnish everyone with the same brush as there are people who care properly for the animals but this isn’t a big percentage. Thank god for PAWS and other non profit organisations which spend their days rescuing and saving the animals here.
Every day at PAWS we see disturbing images of injured and sick animals. Head vet at PAWS The Vale Keyur Patel originally from India helps to save lives every day alongside his wife Lorena and the other staff. How lucky I feel to be part of something full of compassion and love for animals. Not only is work done within the surgery room but with donations we are able to travel the island on sterilisation campaigns to sterilise Dogs and Cats of people who can’t travel or afford to pay, but also of strays to try and help stop the population of more animals facing certain death and a miserable life if not.
Keyur Patel – Head Vet at PAWS on a sterilisation campaign
At the start of this week a little puppy came to us saved by Sameer from Second Chance Animal Rescue Mauritius. He had suffered a car accident the day before and was seen too by a government vet based in Pamplemousses. What a mess. This poor soul had been hit by a car, had a big chunk from his belly and a broken messed up leg and to top it off instead of operating correctly on this little soul it was clear the vet had just stuffed everything back inside the wound and sewed him up. And instead of amputating the leg he had left it to rot. Probably expecting the dog will die anyway. You disgusting human being. You do not deserve to be a vet or to work with animals at all! I hope this blog post finds its way to you so you can think about the harm you’ve caused and the harm you’re probably still causing to more helpless animals here in Mauritius.
Little Sunny when he arrived 😣
The universe is in favour of this little one. After a day or so of trying to build strength there was no choice but to operate as the mess from the wound, the awful bad stitching and leg which was showing bone had to be sorted asap. I held him and looked into his eyes. I told him he is a strong boy. I told him he will be fine and that he will make it. Even though his sad little eyes were looking back at me he was still able to show me his courage with a little wag of his tail.
I held him why they injected the anesthetic and then helped to prepare him for his operation. I prayed he would be a strong boy. Accompanied by the manager of PAWS who is also a vet technician and a ball of animal knowledge and Gillian a lovely lecturer and vet from the UK here helping to save some animals before she departed with some rescue dogs for England.
It took some time but the head vet Kayur at PAWS is amazing and he managed to recreate the mess that was before into a manageable wound with little tight stitches. His leg needs to be amputated but that will have to wait. Right now the wound had to be fixed and we had to pray he would come round from the anesthetic. It was so risky as he was so small and weak.
After he was out we had to keep him warm with fluffy blankets and a hot water bottle. I prepared a soft little bed for him. His temperature was scarily low. Fear was the look in some eyes but I said he’s a fighter. I told him he will make it. He has too!
I stayed with him along with Lorena and our friend vet from the uk. I kept taking the temperature but it wasn’t moving fast.
“he will” I said! “he will make it”. I told him again. “Come on boy. You’re a strong little man you’re going to pull through”.
We needed to get him warmer fast! The hot water bottle and blanket wasn’t enough. We took him outside in his little basket, with the drip being held we sat in the sun and talked to him. Then a miracle happened the sun saved him and started to raise his temperature. Thank you lord. Not so long after he opened his eyes and raised his tiny head! What a blessed strong little boy he is! I’m so proud of him and thankful to PAWS the vale for getting him through this first part of his journey.
The last day of the week and sunny had to go for another operation. Not being able to poo he had to go under again. Suffering from a hernia it was another operation which we could only hope he will manage to get through. It was my day off and I was oblivious that this was happening! Lorena was so scared for him as again he had to recover but this boy refuses to give up! He made it. Thank god.
Every morning I go to see him. Even though he’s doing ok and a little annoyed that he has to wear his head cone I still worry that he has a few more ops to go before he will be in full health BUT this amazing little man which is now named sunny after it kept him alive truly has a place in my heart.
Sunny now, one week later
I will keep you updated with his progress!
This incident is only one of many which happens daily in Mauritius. Vets in a career of which they don’t care for animals, dogs and cats being dumped. Being hurt. Not being taken care of. Not being vaccinated and dying of gastro. Every day I see a dog die. Every day I see another thing which makes me angry.
PAWS Mauritius is a charity from god itself. But unfortunately it can only keep running on donations. We have basic equipment and a small space and even under these circumstances the staff are doing an amazing job with what they have but… we still need help. The shelter is full and we see between 30-50 animals a day. On top of this we try to give good loving homes to our shelter dogs and cats whilst still working with charities like second chance to save and rescue more animals.
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