We know 2020 has been challenging and life changing for many of you, which is why we'd like to take a moment to THANK YOU for helping us accomplish so much in spite of the pandemic.
Here are some of the WUFAW highlights for 2020:
CAMBODIA: 94 dogs and 98 cats were spayed and neutered. 1485 Rabies vaccines given. 1281 deworming and parasite treatments dispensed. 44 more underwent various surgeries, including cherry eyes, gunshot wounds, tumor removals etc.
TURKEY: 100 dogs were spayed and neutered (from Aug to Dec). 11 dog houses and 2 cat houses built. 225 dog sweaters donated and shipped overseas.
VIETNAM: 91 dogs spayed and neutered. Raised $11,000 to open the 1st international vet clinic in Da Nang.
THAILAND: 30 dogs and 15 cats spayed and neutered (since October).
PUERTO RICO: Sponsored the rescue of 8 puppies living in a rusted cage being fed stale rice. Donated supplies to rescue groups affected by the earthquakes last January.
DOGS of WUFAW: Although we're not a dog rescue, we are often asked for help from our partners abroad.
This year we transported and adopted out 9 dogs from China, Korea, Vietnam and even sent one from a Los Angeles shelter to Prague.
May 2021 be a blessed year for all humans and animals.
Erin Ryder was driving near Long Beach on the 405N when she spotted a pick-up truck transporting a dog tied up in the back with its mouth taped shut. She was horrified by what she saw and immediately jumped into action. Following the truck off the nearest exit, honking and waving at him to pull over. The man, Joaquin Cruz, obliged and pulled his truck to the side of the road. He informed Erin, in very broken English, that he was returning from taking his dog, Ringo, to the vet and only tapped the dog’s mouth shut so that he wouldn’t chew out of the ropes. Joaquin also revealed that Ringo was suffering from cancer in his foot.
Erin was able to convince him to remove the tape from Ringo’s muzzle, but he would not turn the dog over to her. She offered money as well, but he said no. Erin did call the police, but unfortunately, it’s illegal to transport dogs tied up in the back of trucks here in California. They did however say they would check on the dog.
Erin posted the whole event on social media, which was shared by many of her celebrity friends, Kristen Doute of Vanderpump Rules being one of the most vocal. WUFAW was alerted to situation immediately through a mutual friend and we stepped in to offer advice and any help we could give.
Our first call was to Judie Mancuso of Social Compassion in Legislation because she’s well connected in the area. She gave us the number to the head of Animal Control in Long Beach, Staycee Dains, who we left a message for while we worked on a plan to save Ringo.
Thankfully Erin had taken a photo of a vet invoice that Joaquin showed her, with his address and phone number on it. In our past experience, sometimes it’s best to go right to the source and offer assistance, versus waiting for Animal Control or the police to do their job. So, we personally called the owner, Joaquin, and spoke (in Spanish) to him about releasing Ringo over to WUFAW.
When speaking to him in his native language it became very apparent that he was a nice man and didn’t think he had done anything to harm the dog. He told us that Ringo had a sister named Barbie and that they were outside “guard dogs” who lived at his place of business. Clearly this was a case of cultural differences and a lack of education about animal welfare. He agreed to give up Ringo but wanted to keep Barbie.
Early Wednesday morning, Erin headed to Long Beach to pick up Ringo, but when she arrived, Animal Control (LBAC) was already there seizing both Ringo and Barbie from the property. That was not the outcome we were hoping for because often times dogs taken in as “evidence” can end up stuck in the shelter for weeks.
Live Love Animal Rescue (LLAR), a local group with a strong relationship with LBAC, was able to secure the release of both dogs into their care the following day.
Once in their possession, LLAR took them to the vet and sadly, the prognosis on Ringo’s cancer was bad. He was riddled with tumors throughout his body and was basically now on hospice care. Barbie was much healthier, only having a bad limp from arthritis. They are in foster care now and had their first night sleeping in a nice cushy bed with a heater. They are both receiving tons of love and will remain together until Ringo passes. We pray Barbie will have several more good years.
We are excited to announce that our Trap, Neuter, and Return (TNR) program is off to a great start with Dumpster Doggies (DD) in Turkey.
In the past DD was mostly focusing on spaying female dogs which tends to be less effective at slowing down the over-population of strays. So when we decided to partner with them we asked to change the focus to doing TNR. Neutering males is a much less invasive surgery and has significantly shorter recovery times. Allowing for DD to sterilize more dogs at a time.
We set a goal of doing 40 dogs a month at a cost of $25 per dog – DD was able to negotiate a lower price with the vet. (They were currently paying $35.)
Because there are dogs with acute Leishmania stage at the DD sanctuary and they didn’t want to keep healthy dogs there after surgery, they found a barn nearby, cleaned and painted it, and put straw on the floor, to be used as a 48-hour postop recovery unit.
Our program officially kicked off on August 11th 2020 and over four weeks, DD was able to catch 45 dogs (37 males/ 8 females), sterilize them, and return them back to the village they were found in.
With the first mission being a success, we gave the go ahead to continue and hope to increase the number of dogs as we get more funding.
If you would like to donate towards our TNR program, please do so here.
We sponsored another successful wellness mission with our partners at PPAWS in Cambodia. From September 21st-25th the team traveled to Kampong Chhnang to treat and educate the local residents. As with most missions now, the head vet Dr. Kea hosted a training presentation for the veterinary officers with the hope that access to veterinary care is improved with more knowledge and skills.
The team worked in villages and pagodas to sterilize 27 animals, treated 15 dogs for Tick Fever, de-wormed 426 animals and vaccinated 350 for Rabies. 2 dogs needed tumor removal and 3 dogs were treated for Mange.
The dollar goes a long way in SE Asia. These missions cost as little as $1000 for the entire 5 days including travel expenses!
Bit by bit we are making a difference in so many animals lives.
Another wellness retreat in the books! Our partners at PPAWS traveled to Kampong Cham Province from August 24- 28th.
Unfortunately, many of the local vets didn’t want to get involved and the residents weren’t willing to have their animals spay/neutered, so the team was only able to do 13 sterilizations. But thankfully the community was open to their pets treated by our vets, with an impressive 248 Rabies vaccines given and deworming treatments administered. 2 dogs had surgery for Pyometra, and 1 dog had a prolapsed vagina needing attention and care.
This award program is open to individuals who are or will be between the ages 10 to 16 by May 31st, 2021.
Submissions will be accepted no later than May 31st, 2021 by end of day. Applications are submitted through the application form on the WUFAW website.
Submissions must be from an individual, not a group or organization.
There is no fee for applying.
Applicants must be residents of the United States.
The youth's activities should be ongoing, not single events or arranged just for this award.
Applicants will submit a link to a 1-2 minute video explaining who they are and how they have been helping animals during the Covid-19 Pandemic.
The submission should be done by providing a link to their video hosted by an online service such as YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram, Facebook. The video can be public or unlisted as long as WUFAW is able to view and embed it via the link.
WUFAW is unable to accept direct video file submissions for the first stage of the process, but will require the original video file from all finalists.
We will provide instructions to finalists on how to send the video file to WUFAW.
Applicants can only submit one video. (Multiple videos or videos under one minute or over two minutes will not be considered.)
The video must be created solely for the purpose of WUFAW's YAP award. It cannot be a video made for other purposes or organizations.
The parent/guardian of all applicants agree to allow submission materials, the child's likeness, first name and age to be posted on WUFAW’s website, social media pages, and newsletter.
The applicant’s parent/guardian name and contact information must be included as part of the application, but will not be displayed publicly.
The parent/guardian of finalists will be contacted by phone or email to confirm eligibility and permission status.
The parent/guardian of the winner and runner-up must give permission allowing their child’s video and likeness to be used on WUFAW’s social media pages, website, and newsletter.
To protect the child's privacy, all of our online and social media posts will only use the child's first name and age.
Submissions must include a parent's full name and contact information, but all identifying data will be non-public and kept confidential.
Voting and Winners
WUFAW will review all submissions and select the top submissions for public voting.
Voting will be done on a special page on the WUFAW website.
WUFAW's decision is final and at the sole discretion of our staff.
The recipient will have one month after receiving the award to send a follow up essay/photos/video showing us how they used the money.
The intent of the award is to recognize relatively unknown individuals who are making a positive impact on animals in their local community.
Celebrity or high-profile children are welcome to make submissions, but WUFAW reserves the right to determine to offer non-monetary recognition for their efforts.
Finalists are required to send their submission video file to WUFAW within three days of notification of being selected as a finalist.
These video files will be uploaded to WUFAW's YouTube channel, to be posted on the voting page.and for future use.
WUFAW is given full rights to display and use these files in future website, social media, and newsletters without restrictions.
Staff members of WUFAW and their families are not eligible.
The recipient is NOT required to use the award money directly on animals, but must be used to further their activism in some way. For example, the award can be used to purchase food and beds for animals in need, to buy a tablet or smart phone to make content, or to purchase printing materials and office supplies for their workspace.
It is the parent/guardian's responsibility to review the video submission for any unwanted personal information being included.