Delfin was not "rescued" in the accepted way - he was one of a litter of four pups born to a true rescue, Love.
Despite his size, he is a gentle, loving character, and is inseparable from his surviving sister, Tin Tin, although they look nothing alike!
Delfin's mother, Love, was rescued in February 2019 by a Spanish tourist called Martika from Siquijor. She was a puppy at the time – around 2- 3 months we think - and was full of mange and would not have lasted much longer. Just as Martika left, a lady called Marifel stepped up to foster Love until she was less contagious with Mange and the Sanctuary could accept her.
Unfortunately, while in foster care, Love got pregnant and gave birth to four puppies in May 2019 – Delfin, Tin Tin, Jorie and Inin.
We brought them to the shelter when they were around four weeks old.
These were the first puppies we had at the shelter and the caretakers fell in love with them and didn’t want them adopted so we never advertised them for adoption.
Sadly, Inin died aged 4 months from a genetic problem, and Jorin was put to sleep as she was unable to recover from an outbreak of Distemper at the Sanctuary in October 2019. Delfin was outside the whole time – looking directly at us as we put her to sleep. He knew what was happening. It was so so sad to see him.
Love got adopted by Stella our adoption manager in December 2019.
Here she is now – such a beauty.
We would never separate Delfin and Tin Tin as they are still very close. We hope a suitable adopting family can be found to take both of them - they are the undisputed king and queen of DAS!
Some days we encounter situations where we have no words. Today was one of those days. As you know, we try as hard as possible to encourage responsible pet ownership, and do our very best to screen adopters. We literally turn down about 80 percent of people that apply. But we are not psychic or profilers so sometimes dogs end up with people they shouldn't. We provide free yearly vaccination, spay / neuter and also free vet consultation for life. We are probably the only shelter in the world that does this, at great cost to the Sanctuary. So we at least expect adopters to do their part, which includes bringin the dog in if it is sick or contact us if there is a problem.
All our dogs remain very dear to us.
So we were really shocked and utterly heart-broken when Lauren was brought back to the shelter.
She was spayed 3 weeks ago and the adopters did not pick her up for a few days. That's not so much of a problem but when she left her surgical wound was healing. They were given instructions on how to care for her post surgery, but apparently her wound got infected and instead of contacting us they left it until a neighbor contacted us and brought her in. The infection was so bad her insides were rotting, she had zero platelets and red blood cells and needed an emergency transfusion. Luckily Delfin is big enough and healthy enough to donate blood so Lauren received a transfusion this afternoon. As of 22 January, Lauren appears to be stabilising. We will hopefully get her back to full strength, and begin the process of finding her a new, more caring home.
Luckily Delfin is big enough and healthy enough to donate blood so Lauren received a transfusion this afternoon. As of 22 January, Lauren appears to be stabilising. We will hopefully get her back to full strength, and begin the process of finding her a new, more caring home.
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