Thursday, July 14, 2011
Buddy with Doc Teaser
I'd like to share a video teaser (short video) for a documentary film being produced about the animal survivors of the floods/mudslides that occurred in the mountains of Brazil in January 2011. It's directed by Flavia Trindade.
So many humans and animals lost their lives, but for this post we're just going to discuss the dogs. Many dogs were injured and homeless. The lucky ones were taken to a makeshift shelter where volunteer vets and helpers took care of them until they could be re-homed.
If the video doesn't play click here.
Dennis Pickersgill of Kinship Circle in the US is the man who utters the words, "When you look into the eyes of an animal during a disaster, you look into the eyes of God." Kinship Circle has a page on their site, 2011: Brazil Floods & Mudslides - Field Notes, where they have posted a diary with photos of their animal rescue work in Brazil. The video on this page is long and we don't understand the language but the notes with the photos are in English, so we suggest scrolling through the notes and photos instead.
Update: When we posted this earlier today we scrolled down the Kinship Circle page and looked for Jan's name (not our Jan) but the print is small and we were in a hurry. We returned for a better look, enlarged the print and discovered she and her husband are mentioned several times as part of the Kinship Circle-IDA Team responders - Jan & Carlos Cabral. How appropriate that our "detour" to show the plight of these dogs the Dogs in Brazil humans helped would turn out to include the very humans we are writing about. But we do want to stress that this post is not about the US rescue group. It's about Dogs in Brazil.
The humans from Dogs in Brazil lost their bakery, and there was flooding and death nearby but their home sat on higher ground and was spared.They were destitute but they volunteered their time to help the rescued dogs, some dug out of the mud where their whole human family died.
Because of the flood, there is no tourist season in the area this year, and with the bakery gone, Dogs in Brazil has no income. The small rescue has 17 dogs, their home is about to go through foreclosure, and they are struggling to hang on with no idea where they will all go when they lose the house and everything they own.
We hope you might stop by Dogs in Brazil and make a donation. If you can't or don't want to, that's fine, there's no pressure. But perhaps you'll pass on a link to this post and tell others about the need. Dogs in Brazil has a Facebook page and is on Twitter as @emmydib.