Guest Post: Tamara Wrigley – Help Get Taao to YYC

taaoI was recently in Thailand, doing a spay/neuter project. While I was there, I met a young street dog named Taao. She is only about eight months old, and she is so very sweet. She has a bad leg, which makes it very difficult for her to compete with the other dogs for food. She is pretty submissive, and usually just backs off and lets the other dogs eat. Because of this, she is pretty small and skinny, even though she lives in a village where some of the residents put food out for the dogs.

Taao really touched my heart. I love her sweet personality, and I worry about her. I feel that she doesn’t stand a very good chance of survival on the street. She isn’t really able to defend herself, she can’t compete for food very well, and because she doesn’t get around well, she stands a higher chance of being hit by a car. When I took her to the vet to be spayed, I had him do an assessment of her bad leg. He said she has ‘hip luxation.’ (I believe he means hip dysplasia, but it can be difficult to communicate due to the language barrier.) He said he can’t do anything to help her.

I decided to bring her back to Canada where she could be safe in a home, and where there is a better chance that her leg could be fixed. I started working on making arrangements. I had everything in place, but I had trouble with the airline. I called them, told them I would like to bring a dog home with me, and I was told that they don’t do that. The rep told me I would have to ship her via FedEx. (I checked, FedEx doesn’t ship live animals.) I called again, talked to a different rep, and she hung up on me. I kept calling. Sixteen times. I got different reps each time, and I’m pretty sure each one told me something different, but none of them were able to help me book her onto the flight. I don’t know why this was such a problem – the airline has information about shipping animals and the costs, right on their website. I had made arrangements to get her to Bangkok and I knew what I had to do to import her into Canada – it was very frustrating to have everything halted by the airline.

taao2I thought about bringing her with me on the train to Bangkok and booking her in when I arrived at the airport, but I couldn’t take the chance of not being able to get her onto the flight. So, in the end, I had to leave her there. I haven’t given up on her, though; I am determined to help this little girl! I am back in Canada now, and I have been working on the arrangements to bring her here. My brother and his wife are going to take her to the vet for her vaccines and bloodwork. I have a contact in Bangkok who is willing to help with the paperwork, health certificate, and transportation to the airport. Once she arrives in Vancouver, I have a brother there who will collect her from her flight, and help get her to her next flight. ARTS (Animal Rescue Transfer System) is going to help with transportation from Vancouver to Calgary, where I will pick her up. It’s truly amazing what we can accomplish when we have a group of people who are all working together.

If you would like to donate to help with the cost of Taao’s journey, or just to follow along, please visit my Thailand Spay/Neuter Project Facebook page. Thank you!