SOS El Arca
A Second Chance for Strays
Almost daily SOS is called on to rescue a dog in need, injured, neglected or abandoned and then, SOS becomes a safe heaven for these lost souls. SOS is a no-kill, non profit, privately funded dog shelter that does not receive any government funds to help support their work.
Sylvie Goetz founded the shelter when she went to the city pound to adopt a dog, realizing the conditions in which these dogs were living and dying, she took it upon herself to start bringing food to the pound and finding adoptive homes for the dogs. This is a very expensive task, and so SOS was born.
This shelter now houses almost 100 dogs, plus some in foster care and runs on donations, a few local employees, and volunteers. Almost every dog rescued needs medical attention, so the veterinary expenses are very high. Although the city pound has improved in the last few years, SOS is still involved in getting dogs out of the pound and adopted.
SOS takes on the worst case scenarios without a thought and always gets the dogs the medical attention, rehabilitation and love they need to get healthy and rehomed. Many dogs rescued here are in dire condition either from torture, starvation or being hit by a car.
It can be a heartbreaking or a rewarding endeavor, depending on the outcome of each dog. Sylvie’s goal for the future is to have mobile clinics that are able visit neighbourhoods, street by street and pick up dogs, sterilize them, provide a special collar to identify they were sterilized and deliver them back to the street
SOS el Arca needs or their owners. “This way, after five years the overpopulation of street dogs should be controlled,” Sylvie states. Also, the mobile clinics will visit families in need and provide veterinary services all the while monitoring the dogs that were sterilized in the neighborhood.
SOS el Arca would also like to have a program visiting schools and educating children about animal welfare, and develop a Zoo-therapy program, training rescued dogs to become aids to disabled or sick children living with terminal illness. Volunteers are greatly needed daily. Saturday is bath day, or you can participate in nightly dog walks on 5th to raise awareness and funds. What a fun way to give back and help out an amazing cause.
To donate, volunteer, adopt or foster, check out Facebook/SOS el Arca or at www.soselarca.org
SOS El Arca programs include rescue, medical care, housing and sterilization
Photo: SOS El Arca