Dear Friends of RRR

It has been a while and we have been very busy!

     First things first, a huge Thank You for all of your very generous donations. Because of the funds available to us, we have been able to help many animals. The Animals of Roatan and volunteers give huge appreciation to:
Michael and Cheryl Prater
Dave & Cathy Brook
Angie Dean
Robert & Judy Jenkins
Rick Mayeaux (As Always)
Janet Carkeek
Wendy Warner
Cary Luber (you are amazing)
Robert Nicholls
Sheila Jones

     Extra Special Thanx to Rescuer Francine Dupree for managing our Paypal account so diligently as well as helping all the animals she continues to do on a daily basis.

     Because of you all we have accomplished quite a bit.

     Animal Lovers and Activists continue to amaze me. Yesterday a large van with driver pulled up in front of Penelope’s. A woman from the cruise ship, here for one day asked if this was the drop off site for RRR donations. I introduced myself and she hugged me. Janet Carkeek of Omaha, Nebraska with the help of her driver, then unloaded pet food bags, biscuits, toys, medicines, collars. Her dog had just passed on and she gave me his favorite toys to donate. It was such an incredible act of kindness. She had to leave quickly as the back of the rented van was filled with dog biscuits and a 5 gallon jug of water and plastic bowls. She spent her Roatan vacation day driving the length of Roatan, tossing out dog cookies and giving out water everywhere she went. A couple in the store at the time were so moved, they gave a cash donation. Today, Wendy Warner came in from Canada to tell me of her rescue efforts back home and share ideas, also giving a donation. My devoted volunteers, Jhonan and Shelby were able to save and better the lives of nine animals with $600 of these funds (and the help of my poor old car.). In addition, Jhonan with help from a friend was able to get eight dogs to the World Vets for treatment and spay neuter. Many other friends continue with their individual rescue efforts, all so very important. Lanita saved the white dog in Coxen Hole with a broken foot & RRR was able to pay the vet bill. Kitty Kat Sally of West Bay continues her excellent work with the cat population of West Bay Beach and RRR funds helped out with the medical bills there too.

     Just to reiterate, all RRR funds go directly to aid the truly homeless, starving animals. RRR does not spend any funds on cute teeshirts, meetings or gasoline. I want you to know where your donations, every Dollar/Lempira is used. Our bank book is open to all who donate time or funds. Every $5.00 wristband purchase adds up.

     Please remember, when you don’t hear from us, we have not folded up our tents and gone home, we are just busy doing what we need to do!

     Sorry to do this, but I am flat out of time, as usual, so need to post some personal notes here:

     Due in large part to cruiser, Janet Carkeek:
Sally: I have bags of good cat food, feline heart worm meds and collars for you at the store. Jhonan: I have 2 big bags of dog food & dog cookies for you to continue your daily feeding of the Coxen Hole and gas station dogs. Also, leashes, meds and toys. A bit much for you to carry on your scooter, so come pick up what you can carry and I will bring the rest to you on my day off. Kathy: I have parrot cages, food bowls and toys for your feathered East End rescues at PIE.

     That’s it for now.

     Thank you all for all your help with the animals of Roatan. Every little bit helps.

Update on dog that was hung

Small black dog, found in Sandy Bay we call Sandy, for now. Jhonan and I had made plans to steal this horribly abused little guy. Since Jhonan had been feeding him, Sandy just showed up, but in obvious pain. Like the others, took less than 5 minutes to gain his trust and quickly wrapped him in a towel. Because of his severe neck injury, jhonan came up with a small halter that worked well. As scared as Sandy was he allowed Jhonan to put it on him, looking at him with hopeful trust in his eyes.

Jhonan finally persuaded a cab driver to let him put the dog in the taxi with him and we met at the vet’s.

Dr. Soto’s examination and diagnosis painted a gruesome picture, but not nearly what we had feared. From the way Sandy could not move his head, his obvious pain and choking and coughing, we thought he must have a broken bone in his neck and a crushed larynx. Sandy had apparently been tied up his entire short life with a thin wire that cut through his neck and was deeply imbedded, with lots of scar tissue. This was in addition to the hanging. The vet shaved his neck and cleaned out a severe infection. We boarded him over night & he is now on a list of meds, applied daily and is infested with fleas and ticks. Jhonan cannot continue to keep him in his apartment, but Sandy cannot be allowed to return to his abusers. When Jhonan went to talk to the owner, she was surprised that we had taken the dog in for medical treatment and finally agreed to let someone else have the dog because after all, “the kids will just hang him again.”

Will someone please help out and give this boy a safe place to heal? RRR will pay for all his expenses and when strong enough we will have him neutered. He will make a fine, loyal, loving pet and will be a small dog. Please help.

Penny & the Animals

A difficult story to write

This is a difficult story to write. As an animal rescuer, I thought I was a very responsible person and attentive to my animal family. I have had a particular challenge with my 4-5 year old previously abused and neglected African Sulcata tortoises, about the size of watermelons. The larger one, Bam Bam had managed to ram down a barricade of rocks and “saw” through the metal pen fencing with the edge of his shell for the second time. After his first escape, he had a thirst for adventure and freedom and once found and returned to his pen and sister, has spent every waking moment plotting another breakout. He succeeded a few weeks ago and was nowhere to be found. Unperturbed, his life partner Pebbles could care less about escaping and was happy there was more food for her. At 4:30 in the morning, I was checking and feeding my animal family in the dark, by flashlight before leaving for the airport at 6 am. Pebbles had indeed flown the coop. I assured my wonderful friends/ house-petsitters, she would not go far and would be seen when needing water. Off we both went (Pebbles and I) for our own Big Adventure. Pebbles was found a few days later by a neighbor and she had in fact climbed the equivalent of Mt. Everest for a tort, high up in the Turrets all the way up from the ironshore. She was retrieved and secured once again in the pen. Now an adrenaline junkie and a mountain climber, Pebbles succeeded in yet another breakout, unbeknownst to my pet sitters, Jhonan & Shelby.

     On Saturday, Jhonan, a professional photographer, had left for a wedding shoot and thought he had forgotten his camera charger at my house, so had to return. Oddly he was not greeted by my older, goofball, lovelug dogs, Black Jack and Cassidy, a sweet natured Newfoundland and a Leonberger. What he found was a horror show. My dogs had attacked the tortoise. It was upside down, which causes death in minutes from the shell crushing the heart and lungs. It’s shell and surrounding tissue were badly mangled and chewed. Quick thinking, Jhonan turned the hose on the dogs and grabbed the tortoise. He took it inside the house and barricaded it in the dining area. It was bleeding badly and in shock, hissing in pain. The vet would not be in until Monday, so Shelby got on the internet for help. Blood loss, dehydration, quick starvation, bacteria and fungus are all killers. The poor tort would not eat or drink for 4 days and was weakening visibly, remaining motionless in its shell for days. Surviving until Monday, they took the tort to the vet and given critical care instructions. It needed an IV and torts do not have veins like other animals, so it is an intramuscular procedure. Also, tortoises and turtles are impossible to force feed, period.

     Shelby and Jhonan began the twice a day critical care of soaking it in a huge tub of water, then debriding the injury with a toothbrush and antibacterial soap, followed by a cream antibiotic. Still not eating, this would slow any healing and hasten death. They tried baby food every three hours…no response. Due to Internet and phone line problems, I could not be reached or return their calls until the following Thursday in London. I became physically ill at the news. I suggested her adored food, corn on the cob and sure enough that did the trick. Due to their excellent care and quick thinking action, they saved my tort’s life who will survive.

     Once home, I resumed the ritual and deal with the gruesome wounds twice daily. It cannot go back in the dirt pen due to germs, so is now residing in the safety of my 20 foot chain link cement dog kennel.However, I knew something else was wrong with Pebbles, something was not right about her. On my first day off, I ran all the errands you do after being away for 2 weeks and returned home laden with all manner of pet food, supplies, meds and a bit of groceries for me. It was threatening rain, so I did not pull in the driveway but through the tall grass right up to my stairs into the house. I got out of the car and almost tripped. There directly in front of me was Pebbles! Newly chewed up, sitting right in front of my car bumper. Two feet to either side and I could not have seen her in the tall grass. A foot closer and I would have run over her. I raced to the kennel and sure enough, the tortoise was still there. Shelby and Jhonan had rescued and saved the life of Bam Bam! The first escapee!! My much smaller tort, Pebbles had indeed returned home on her own and the dogs went after her as well and I arrived just in time. So BOTH tortoises are now home and will recover.

     It will take months of care and healing, but when they are again well I am going to have fiberglass shell replacements made to protect them where needed. Seeing them side by side it became obvious what had been troubling me. Pebbles is much smaller, more active, squirmy and has a cuter face than Big Brut the Bam. Teaches me about ever taking a vacation…………….
Besides being loyal, caring RRR volunteers, Shelby and Jhonan are tortoise lifesavers. You don’t see that very often on a resume!
Once again, must go…..time to tub a tort.
Had to share another unbelievable animal story….this time mine.