I am an adorable, super-affectionate 5 year old spayed female who resembles a miniature German Shepherd, as I weigh in at just 35 pounds. It’s hard to believe it when you meet me and discover how sweet and happy I am today, but I was rescued from the brutal and illegal southeast Asian dog meat trade…luckily, I am now safe, but desperately craving a forever family to call my very own!
When I was rescued in 2013, I was in a ‘crush cage’ among many others, about to be illegally smuggled across Thailand’s border into neighboring nations where I would have been tortured before being eaten – a customary practice, as adrenaline is thought to make dog meat more tasty. Today, against all odds, I am instead prancing with joy to be safe from harm!
The Thai Royal Police, suspicious of a large tarp-covered truck that was about to cross the northern border, discovered dozens of us huddling in terror and crushed into rusty wire cages like sardines. We were rescued and sent onwards (but yes, still in crush cages) to Khemmarat, a government-run livestock center in Thailand. Although we were saved, we were not really yet safe…
Unfortunately many of us simply could not survive at these facilities due to overcrowding, lack of food and clean water, lack of medical care, and deadly diseases and dog fights. Not only mist we persist through all these difficulties…but then we must be lucky enough to be selected, out of thousands of others, for sponsorship and transferral to the few safe havens willing to take us around Thailand.
Bernadette, a loving and compassionate dog lover overseas who supported Elfesworld dog sanctuary, saw my photo – and from a picture alone, she was moved to save my life with financial help that brought me all the way here to the Thai island of Koh Samui where the sanctuary is located.
And that’s not all. Bernadette has continued to sponsor my monthly fees for four years now, as she hoped against hope that I would be selected further still, this time for overseas adoption. And now her (and of course, Elfe’s and my!) dream has finally come true at last! But I will never stop being grateful to her for giving me not only my second chance at life, back then when I was at Khemmarat… but also now, my third and final – and BEST – chance!! For I am headed next to the USA, where Elfe tells me I will learn all about life as a true family pet, in a home of my own, with humans I can live with and love in an actual house! I can’t wait…I am a real-life rags to riches story.
Elfesworld receives many visitors, domestically and from overseas. There are nearly 700 dogs sheltered at this dog sanctuary, and the vast majority have been rescued from the dog meat trade. The sanctuary is large and sprawling, with dogs split into groups of varying sizes, depending on their temperaments and ability to live with one another.
I guess you could say that in the end, my antics caught up with me. They actually improved my circumstances considerably! – I was moved two years ago into a large run at the front of the sanctuary, so I now get almost daily visits and cuddles, which fills me with great joy!
However, at the same time, I sleep overnight in a cage, because moving runs meant leaving some of my very best friends behind.
This part makes me sad….but as I said, if forced to choose – I would choose the human love first and foremost. So it’s been worth the trade off.