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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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7:07AM PDT on Sep 17, 2014

What a touching story, so worth reading! I hope Emmanuel lives a long happy life!

12:30AM PDT on Sep 17, 2014

Interesting article, thank you!

10:52AM PDT on Sep 16, 2014

thanks for the great rescue !

3:25PM PDT on Sep 13, 2014

THANK YOU -- ALL OF YOU -- from the first female resident, to Miriam, Edi of All Sato Rescue, to the Vets -- all who intervened to save Emmanuel's life --

You see, we don't want to die, animals and humans alike, we all choose life -- you rescued Emmanuel from a terrible, slow, agonizing death -- we are not supposed to die! -- definitely, we are not supposed to die in such a horrific way!

Thank you -- you are beautiful human beings -- continue with your honorable, noble, moral work -- choosing to save lives!

By the way, he is such a beautiful, precious dog! He must be so happy to have found caring and love.

3:23PM PDT on Sep 13, 2014

May God grant all the happiness and blessing to all those noble people who have saved all these wonderful loyal and noble creature of God !! Such acts deserve sincere gratitude !! These are magical benefactors noble soul and great warm heart !! May God bless all these wonderful people and all the rescued creatures composed of honest and loyal love!

3:59AM PDT on Sep 13, 2014

Why would the people who caused this cruelty not be charged and prosecuted?

6:38PM PDT on Sep 12, 2014

Great post.

6:21AM PDT on Sep 10, 2014

Every animal saved is a credit towards humans because it shows that some people care and love and help take away pain and suffering from these creatures...

5:38AM PDT on Sep 9, 2014

Thanks for carering of these animals !!

2:20PM PDT on Sep 8, 2014

watched with tears. God Bless Harmony Fund, Good Luck Emanuel in your new home may you have nothing but love and all the food and care you need.

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