The street dogs of Lebanon need our help. Decades of miseducation has led to a culture of cruelty, neglect and often deeply-shocking violence. The levels of abuse in Lebanon are some of the worst we’ve ever witnessed: dogs tied up and used as target practice; puppies thrown from rooftops and balconies; life-threatening wounds inflicted for ‘sport’ or malicious curiosity.
The situation is clear: we need to open our eyes, to wake up to the atrocities taking place, and fight back against the cruelty. Please help us on our mission to end this systematic suffering
Last year, Wild at Heart Foundation began their work in Lebanon by rescuing Maggie and Solo from atrocious conditions. Despite the horrific injuries these dogs had suffered, they have gone on to become the most loving, loyal and inspiring pets here in the UK. They demonstrate resilience and forgiveness in their every day, and they prove that all dogs - no matter how unfortunate their start in life may be, no matter how “damaged” they may appear - are capable of boundless love. Both suffered gunshot wounds to the face and as a result, are now either fully or partially blind. But they teach us that, in spite of everything, love is blind.
When our partner on the ground reached out about a further six dogs in urgent need of rescuing early this year, we were proud and truly inspired to return and continue our rescue work. We dubbed them the Super Six - six gorgeous souls who had each suffered horrendous cruelty at the hands of humans, but continued to prove that love is blind, that a dog’s forgiveness knows no bounds.
The first three safely left Lebanon back in May, and are now enjoying the experience of love, safety and consistency for the first time in their lives. Street (now Pete!) and Trinity have both been happily adopted, and Bella is in an exceptional foster home (with her Lebanese cousin, @MaggieTheWunderDog!) while she waits to receive surgery for her injuries:
Bella was thrown from a second story apartment when she was a puppy, suffering a broken jaw and and breaking her two front legs. She can walk at the moment but, as you can see from the pictures, Bella needs expert treatment if she's ever going to find moving around comfortable again. Bella was living in truly atrocious conditions and we needed to get her out of the country urgently, which is why she flew to London on 12th May at the earliest opportunity where a foster home was waiting for her.
The pound Bella was in is small, overcrowded and scary, and she was subject to some of the worst animal welfare conditions we’ve ever seen. Whilst she was there, Bella gave birth to two puppies - both of whom died soon after birth. Despite everything she’s been through, Bella is a sweet girl with a gentle, laid-back nature. She just wants to love and be loved.
To find out more about adopting Bella, visit her adoption page.
Living on the streets of Beirut, Street suffered as the victim of a number of car crashes which resulted a broken jawbone and further injuries to his hindquarters. Street was taken to a vet where his back leg was amputated but, whilst this likely saved his life, he then went on to spend a further three months in a small cramped cage while he 'recovered'. But fast forward a few months and Street is a different dog.
A bundle of happy energy, he is young, playful and super-friendly. In fact, Street never lets the fact that he has one fewer legs than his playmates stand in the way of a good game! Street is also taking to UK life like a duck to water. He's a playful, loveable, goofball of affection, and has already lost count of the number of new friends he's made - both doggy and human! Street is proving to the world just how healthy and happy a three-legged dog can be - you can follow his adventures on Instagram, @petefromlebanon
Trinity's story is not quite how we expected it to be - after making it all the way to Heathrow where she was ready to be greeted by the wonderful @maggiethewunderdog, a glitch in the paperwork she'd been sent with meant she wasn't able to be released. This was hugely disappointing for all involved, and we spent a frantic evening working out what would be best for this beautiful girl. Our only option to keep her in the UK would have seen her confined to quarantine for 3 months; however, the stress of being back in a shelter environment for this long, especially for a blind dog, would have been incredibly difficult for Trinity. We were also adamant that she would not be sent back to Lebanon, and so were delighted to discover a foster family in Canada who would be able to take her in straight away. Once we had confirmation that her papers would be accepted by Canadian border control, Trinity was on a flight and into a safe, loving home within 24 hours, where she’s immediately adjusted to enjoying to the finer things in life!
For these three, the next chapter of their lives has begun; but there are still three more gorgeous Lebanese souls waiting to find their happy ever after. If you think you could give a rescue in dire need of love a home - be it a temporary foster, or a forever family - please fill in our adoption form.
In spite of their injuries, wounds and setbacks, every single one has nothing but love to give. But, sadly, these dogs are just the tip of the iceberg…
Here at Wild at Heart Foundation, we are committed to implementing a long-term, dedicated campaign to combat the atrocities taking place in the country, to creating lasting and meaningful change. In order to fight back, we need people to pay attention. To see. Our mission is to get to the root of the problem: to rescue those dogs in the most urgent need of care, to establish a spay and neuter programme to reduce the numbers of unwanted dogs being born into a life of systematic abuse; and, crucially, to educate communities - especially children - as to the responsibility they have to care for their canine population.
But we can't do this without your help. Please, help us by sharing, spreading awareness, and donating what you can. Thank you x
We can't wait to share more with you over the coming weeks, and to keep you at the heart of this groundbreaking, vital project. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to stay up to date, and subscribe to our email newsletter for latest news and stories.