Helping the Pagoda Dogs too
While Siem Reap Pagoda Cats is concentrating its activities on the pagoda’s feline population, Josette could not ignore the plight of some of the dogs and puppies being dumped by insensitive, even cruel, people.
A happy story…
It started with a dog found shivering with cold and fright at the entrance of Wat Athvea pagoda, found in May 2013. I fed her right away and discovered in the following days that not only was she ridden with mange and had multiple wounds, but she was also blind. A desperate case with a beautiful ending…
As soon as I posted the photos of the dog on the Pagoda Cats Facebook page, a dear friend and animal lover in Phnom Penh, Yulia Khouri, replied instantly that she had recognized that it was a spaniel and that she was adopting her! She sent all the funds needed for her rescue and rehabilitation at vet nurse Katie Russel’s clinic. One month later, Katie transported Angie to Yulia’s home, where she has received continued medical care for long months. Despite her blindness, Angie is the happiest dog among Yulia’s many rescued cats and dogs.
Found in an emaciated state outside Wat Athvea in July 2013, Lizzy received much help from vet nurse Katie Russel, after which I gave her a bath and medication, in addition to much needed food, on each of my visits. She became the darling of the boy monks.
It didn’t take long for yet another Phnom Penh resident to fall in love with her and invite her to join her home. Not every day that a pagoda dog can enjoy Christmas!
Found one morning in January 2016 at Wat Po pagoda in a terrible condition, Louie was transported the same day to Dr. Trish’s clinic for surgery of his broken hind leg. A group of young expats in Siem Reap accepted to foster him at their home for one month only. When the day came to take him back, they decided to adopt him!
Now, Louie is enjoying fun moto rides around Siem Reap!