This is Gracie, a three month old Golden Retriever we rescued from a glass cage in a pet shop in Bogota, Colombia. When we first saw Gracie she was without food and water and was drinking her own urine to stay hydrated. The following day Gracie was extremely lethargic in her cage and we knew she needed medical attention. Despite feeling it was the wrong thing to do, we handed over money to the pet shop to rescue her.
We brought her to the vet who advised that Gracie needed urgent medical attention in the animal hospital. There, she was treated with malnutrition, infestation of fleas, parasites in her intestines, a high fever and a bacterial infection. Gracie stayed three nights in the animal hospital and is on many medications for the next 10 days.
Keith and I are backpackers who left Ireland in June to travel the world. We never intended to be in this situation and we never expected to meet nor fall in love with this dog. She has become our absolute world and rescuing her and bringing her back to full health is one of our proudest achievements.
So far, we have paid for all of Gracie's expenses from our own savings -from food and bedding to vet bills and medication. We are on a backpackers budget and therefore don't have a constant flow of money coming in.
We have decided that we want to bring Gracie home to Ireland to spend the rest of her days with us and our family. This cost to transport a dog across the world isn't cheap and involves a lot more than just booking flights. We need to pay for her vaccinations, microchip, passport, legal documents, an IADA pet carrier, vet certificate and of course, flights.
We want Gracie home for Christmas with our family. She had an extremely tough start to life and she deserves nothing more than love and affection for the remainder of her life. Keith, I and our family can give her that in abundance.
If there is anything you can give towards Gracie's cause, we would be forever indebted to you. The smallest donation will play a part in her future and give her that second chance at life that she and all the other animals in the pet shop deserve. We can't do this on our own, we need your help. Thank you from the bottom of her little Golden Retriever heart.