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Saving Puppy Lior From Death in the Desert

Organized by: Sarah Hardy

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My partner is visiting our family in Israel having travelled from Maine in the US. 2 weeks prior to his trip over here, he had to put down our dog of 17 years (her name was Hobbes) due to cancer and progressive disability. Although not unexpected and despite the fact she had lived a long and generally idyllic life, It was nevertheless a miserably sad and painful act for us.

While here in Israel, my family and I took a trip to the Dead Sea. On our way back to Tel Aviv, in the middle of the desert, we stopped at a rest area. We were quickly approached by 2 dogs - a Canaan puppy no older than 4 months and her apparent "caretaker," a much older male dog who seemed to be watching out for her. The two dogs approached, but as soon as the older one saw our caring, compassionate nature towards the puppy, he wanted nothing further to do with us.

This Canaan dog was amazing! Although covered in ticks and fleas, malnourished, dehydrated, and stuck in the middle of nowhere, she was also SO playful, joyful, trusting, and obviously a boundless repository of love. Her name came to me immediately - Lior, meaning "I Have A Light."

We checked with every single person in the area to see if anyone knew or knew of this dog, and absolutely no one did. Our family had fallen in love with Lior very quickly and it seemed as though she had too. Once we had decided to take her in at very least to the animal shelter in town, Lior trotted down the hill to say goodbye to her prior canine caretaker, and then immediately trotted back up the hill to us, jumped straight into my partner's lap (ticks and all), and promptly fell asleep in my lap for the entire remainder of the drive.

We drove directly to the SPCA, who categorically refused to take Lior in for vague reasons. They told us our only option was to take her to the Municipal Shelter, but they also implied that given where Lior was rescued from (the desert), her young age, and poor health, there was a good chance she might be euthanized. This was a totally unacceptable possibility for my family or me, so we instead found a private vet clinic and brought her there. This clinic treated her various vermin infestations (ticks, fleas, worms), and Lior was very calm and peaceful as we treated her. We began the vaccinations we could start that day and will be returning to the clinic on Monday for further care.

As providence would have it, this clinic also had a speciality in helping animals to travel internationally. However, Lior would not be able to travel for 30 days in order to complete all treatments needed and acquire all the necessary paperwork & certifications.

We have taken Lior into our home and she is everything we thought she would be and more. She is highly intelligent, house broken, and has even begun to clearly learn some commands like sit and come. She is beautiful, friendly, unconditionally loving, plays well with others (dogs & humans), and she is getting healthier and happier by the day.

The reason for this fundraising effort is simple. My family & I have been (happily) paying for all of Lior's care and supplies. But, because she can't travel for 30 days and my partner is scheduled to return to the US this week, we have a very expensive conundrum on our hands. Our family lives on a farm in Maine where we know we can give Lior an idyllic life. But, we live on a fairly limited income at present. We simply don't have the liquid assets to buy a new airline ticket (for both Lior & my partner) and the fees associated with all the medical care and transport costs are really adding up to the point where we need the help and kindness of others to allow us to bring this beam of sunlight and unconditional love home to a farm and a house where she will be adored and cared for for the rest of her now likely long life.

Please help us save this beautiful, loving, intelligent animal. We are only seeking to raise the money we need to get her home and we will joyfully be taking full responsibility for all her needs for the rest of her life.

Thank you so much for your assistance with this labor of love.


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