A man from Northern Ireland recently saved a dog who was clinging to life on a remote island in the Amazon jungle. David Foster, an animal lover who travels the world and gives back to homeless pets across the globe with his Play for Strays project, was on a river cruise expedition in the Brazilian rain forest when his boat stopped at an uncivilized island in the middle of the Amazon.
Foster spotted the skeletal, black dog while relaxing on the boat which had stopped to allow passengers time for swimming and snorkeling. He told the Belfast Telegraph:
“I grabbed my binoculars for a closer look and immediately recognised it was a dog. So I informed the boat owner, Hugo, who was handling a drone to keep an eye on the snorkelers.”
The black dog jumped into the water a few moments later, swimming towards Foster, who was already making his way towards her. He was shocked to discover that the lonely stray was skeletal, and covered in ticks and fleas. On GoFundMe, Foster noted that the dog was near death:
“She had a day or two only to live for sure. Vultures were following her every move.”
On November 6, Foster alerted followers of his Facebook page, Play For Strays, about the skeletal dog who had been saved from certain death:
I’ve just rescued this poor pup from a deserted island in the middle of the Amazon. She is so thin. The skipper of the boat allowed her on board (I was bringing her regardless).
The frail dog has already been to a veterinarian, given a name (Negrita), and Foster has decided that she is destined to be his companion. On November 10, Foster wrote:
We have started a GoFundMe page to bring Negrita home to the UK! How can I leave this girl behind? She’s too special!
Unfortunately, getting Negrita from Brazil is neither cheap, nor easy. Fortunately, Negrita is in good hands until the necessary paperwork is processed, and funds are raised.
This week, Foster reminded everyone about the need to educate people about how important it is to adopt – he wrote:
It made me think that with xmas coming up we will all start to see requests for puppies and kittens on social media and designer mongrels being sold by unscrupulous backyard breeders to meet the demand. Challenge these people, educate if necessary and remind them that your favourite breed of animal is…………rescued.
Funds are still being raised for Negrita’s transport home. You can find the GoFundMe page here.
Find the Play for Strays Facebook page here. The project was created to bring toys and a bit of fun to street animals and shelters all over the world.