Guardians of Rescue in Smithtown, New York, never stops in their quest to help animals from all over the world. Today, with the help of their donors, they flew a family of canine evacuees from Afghanistan to their new home in Oregon. Soldiers who were serving in Afghanistan reached out to Guardians of Rescue to help Momma and her puppies have a chance for a good life with their families in Oregon. They reached the shores of the US and are now with the soldier's families. This rescue mission was done through GOR's No Buddy Left Behind Program. This canine and human family was aided on the Afghanistan side by Nowzad animal shelter, the ONLY animal shelter in Afghanistan.
They have another pair of pups waiting their turn to come to America. Dillion Zandi, a Marine Corporal in Afghanistan, was one of two servicemen who contacted GOR about a pair of puppies found entangled in razor wire outside their base. These heroes pulled the pups to safety, and contacted GOR for their assistance. GOR put up this YouCaring plea for Gemma and Lila, determined to help our fighting men get their wish to get the pups to new, safe homes in the U.S. They have gotten over their wounds, but time is of the essence. Corporal Zandi reports that, 'Word has gotten out that they are here and animal control frequently stops by attempting to find there 2 beautiful puppies to have them put down.
They have less than one month left to reach their goal, have almost 10,000 shares on Facebook, and are only one-third of the way there. GOR hopes that people will see this plea and help out a couple of Marines and a pair of sweet mixbreed pups. Perhaps you can donate in honor of Memorial Day.
And here's the amazing information you've been waiting for. Shai, formerly known as Noodle, CAN SEE!! If you'd like to catch up on the story, you can read about it here.
On May 19, about one month after their arrival, GOR posted a pair of amazing photos, sharing this fantastic news.
'It's hard to believe what we are seeing with our own eyes. When Shai arrived to New York from Egypt he was tough to look at. The tissue from his eyes protruded outwards and were so red that it was believed that someone gouged this poor dogs eyes out.
Noodle, who GOR renamed Shai, was also found to have many lumps covering his body. He was under constant care with the doctors at Jefferson Animal Hospital. They biopsied the lumps and discovered Shai was also battling cancer. On April 30, friends of Shai read this sad note, 'With a heavy heart, I must tell you all that Shai has a very aggressive cancer. Malignant round cell neoplasm. His days are numbered. The cancer has progressed so far. We will be starting him on some medications to make him comfortable and give him some time to enjoy his life in America.
He was immediately started on chemotherapy hoping that they could save his life. He was so thin, the prognosis was bleak.
But it's amazing what luck, love and lots of good medicine can do; sometimes it's nothing short of a miracle. On May 15, friends of Shai read, 'The lumps that once covered his body are now almost nonexistent and now two beautiful brown fully functioning eyes look back at us. It's hard to believe that cancer can cause tumors in the eye sockets as well.
And then on May 17, "Look at how amazing Shai is looking! He's doing wonderful. He amazes me every day. His eyes are getting better and better every day. His left eye is almost completely visible. If you zoom in on this picture you can see how much of his eye is visible. His right eye is getting there. Give it another week."
Shai didn't come to the U.S. alone. With the help of ESMA, supporters both overseas and in the U.S., who are staunch believers in the missions of GOR, Shai and another visually challenged dog named Noble arrived to start their new lives on Long Island in New York.
Friends of Noodle on Facebook are following their stories, and are overjoyed with every fantastic piece of news. On Shai's Story, another Facebook page, this was written Friday, 'Shai is still continuing to thrive. He has such an amazing personality. He gets so excited when he sees me and the new thing we're working on is teaching Shai not to jump on me when I walk in his room. He gets so excited he doesn't know what to do with himself and he's wayyy to big to be jumping on me. He's super smart, I know he'll catch on quickly.
Shai is also, apparently, quite the celebrity in his new hometown. His foster mom said, "Some guy just pulled up next to me on 347 and saw Shai in the backseat. I rolled down my window because he was trying to say something to me and he says "Is that the rescue dog from Egypt?!" It blows my mind how many people are following his story."
Noble is blind, with no hope of regaining his sight, but he is one handsome, friendly canine. A short time after Noble's arrival, his foster mom posted "Settling in America! Noble is safe and loved and enjoying his new foster sister Sams attention. A long journey that you all made happen! From Egypt to Long Island , just amazing! Together we save them!"
For these dogs who are helped by so many strangers from so many countries, truer words have never been spoken.
GOR are the caretakers of a number of dogs, cats, ducks, squirrels, you name it, they've rescued it. They'd appreciate it if you would also take a look at the group they call "The Ten Remaining" here on Facebook. Over 100 dogs were left in the lurch when Olympic Animal Sanctuary in Forks, Washington, shut down. In less than a year, Guardians of Rescue successfully placed over 100 dogs from the Sanctuary. Recently they had another one of these incredible dogs, Chance, go to rescue.
There are now only ten dogs remaining, who need rescues/sanctuaries to step up and help them move on into their futures: Zeus, Gus, Ralph, Maui, Clara, Alana, Guido, Dozer, Bunny and Tatonka are all on this page, with their bios and descriptions. A caretaker on the property sees to all their needs, but it's not the same as having a loving home. GOR wants these these dogs to finally be spoken for!
If you'd like to get involved in any of GOR's life changing programs, check out their links. Paws of War, Guardians of Rescue, or their webpage here. You can also email them firstname.lastname@example.org. They are involved in many programs including No Buddy Left Behind, and fighting to end the Korean dog meat market industry. Many people and organizations are fighting that as well; if you want more information, check the stories linked below.
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