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Dog Left in Wall for Two Weeks Leads to World’s Biggest Baby Shower for Animals

Dog Left in Wall for Two Weeks Leads to World’s Biggest Baby Shower for Animals


Emmanuel began his puppyhood in one of the most volatile apartment complexes in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  He lived in a unit on an upper floor of the building, an eagle’s nest of sorts, cut off from the world below. His life was void of the simple joys of walking in the park or feeling the sun on his back. Though he began each day with the same hope and excitement that any puppy would, his hopes were often dashed and he would soon be whining from hunger, urinating on the floor and jumping on his people to try to get their attention. His sorrow and confusion began to crest when a fiery argument began in the apartment one night. Emmanuel had nowhere to hide. He was grabbed, carried into the bedroom and pitched through a hole at the back of the closet. The hole went past the interior walls and led several flights down to the very bottom of the building.

His family never came to check on his body to be sure that he was dead and not simply injured. For two weeks, day and night, Emmanuel yelped and tried to signal, “I’m not dead yet” to the world around. People walked in and out, to work and school, and none of them hesitated. Some of the buidling’s residents later claimed that they thought the sounds were coming from a cell phone ring-tone. Others just said they didn’t want to get involved. No one stopped to investigate. No one asked questions. No one lost sleep, except for Emmanuel.

We don’t know what finally prompted her to act, but some fourteen days after the fall, one of the female residents of the apartment building ran into animal activist Miriam Solainne at a department store and confided in her about the puppy. Miriam raced over to the address. She lifted the weak body of the puppy close to her chest. He looked like a pin cushion, completely covered in ant bites.  He was dehydrated and barely conscious. Not knowing if he would take his final breath in her arms, Miriam had to try. She used spoonfuls of Pedialyte and pancake syrup to try to stabilize his sugars until morning when the veterinary clinic would open.

Who Could She Turn To?

Though there was no way of knowing if the puppy would survive, Miriam knew that the first step was finding funding to pay for veterinary care. She reached out to Edi Vasquez of All Sato Rescue, a volunteer humane group on the island. Edi agreed to help with Emmanuel’s month long stay at the veterinary clinic, and before long, the two women were celebrating daily victories as Emmanuel began gaining strength and doing the things that normal, healthy puppies should do. His first day without an IV. His first bowl of kibble. His first walk on the grass.

“I named him Emmanuel because he had every reason to die, but he fought for his life,” Miriam says. ”Sometimes even when you have nothing and life itself is all there is, it’s worth the fight.”

World’s Biggest Baby Shower for Animals

Because of his indomitable spirit, Emmanuel has been chosen to kick off an international effort by rescue groups who are confronting a massive spring influx of orphaned, injured and abused baby animals in urgent need of care.  The event is called the World’s Biggest Baby Shower for Animals .

Through the baby shower, more than 20 different rescue squads across the world (including All Sato Rescue in Puerto Rico) will receive funding through donations made to the Harmony Fund international rescue network. Shower gifts, in the form of online donations, will pay for food, veterinary medicines, foster care, shelter care, anti-poaching teams, wildlife rehabilitation and spay/neuter for thousands upon thousands of animals who would not ordinarily have a slim chance of getting help. Many of the rescue squads to benefit from the baby shower are working in deeply impoverished areas and the lion’s share of their support this year will come from the Harmony Fund.

Please enjoy this uplifting and joyful video snapshot of some of the babies who are currently receiving care by the Harmony Fund’s network of rescue teams internationally. You may watch with an unguarded heart as the video contains only images of animals who are safe now.

A Joyful & Uplifting Look at the World’s Biggest Baby Shower for Animals

Visit the World’s Biggest Baby Shower for Animals to donate or share on Facebook.

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5:58AM PST on Nov 22, 2014

Horrible I hope these people who did this to the poor puppy have a horrible death and soon. I am glad he is ok and in a good home now.

6:33PM PDT on Oct 27, 2014

I hope all the heartless ppl in this world meet their own heartless selves someday. And I know their heartlessness sees no difference whether it is a puppy or kitten or lion or human. They are without human soul and living posing walking dead devils.

6:33PM PDT on Oct 27, 2014

I hope all the heartless ppl in this world meet their own heartless selves someday. And I know their heartlessness sees no difference whether it is a puppy or kitten or lion or human. They are without human soul and living posing walking dead devils.

10:22AM PDT on Oct 27, 2014

Thanks good story

9:02AM PDT on Oct 23, 2014

On Emmanuel's story. I will never understand how some people just ignore acts such as these. Those cowards that are capable of doing these horrible acts to animals are capable of anything . These thugs should be punish for their actions, but I'm sure Puerto Rico doesn't have any animal protecting laws. I'm from Mexico so I know. However people shouldn't stand for these crimes and do anything in their power to hold people accountable. Who ever did it I hope Karma takes care of him or her, since I can't.

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9:32AM PDT on Oct 21, 2014

how many people would go the distance...thanks for saving this dog....he will now know what unconditional love is....heart warming story

6:57PM PDT on Oct 10, 2014


7:56AM PDT on Oct 7, 2014

Thank you for the story! Shared

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