SAVE ALVIN : DUMPED and GROWING A TUMOR
Imagine that you have lost everything you have, and somebody reaches out, promising help. However, instead of helping you, they simply lock you away.
This is exactly what happened to Alvin, who was hopelessly walking around in a rundown Istanbul neighborhood, looking for scraps of food one fine summer evening last year. A black and tiny, nearly emaciated figure desperately sniffing plastic bags strewn around the city’s trash containers. “Come, here..here..” a voice says, as little Alvin looks up expectantly at the man’s hand holding something that smells of meat. With whatever strength is left in his stick-figure like legs, he walks up to the man, who pats his head. He is friendly, Alvin wags his tail, follows his saviour to his car, unable to stop smiling his doggy smile. His first night in the new home is amazing: he is given sausage rolls and other foods. He is given a tiny corner in the yard of the house, but he is chained to a tree. After two weeks, he is no longer starving, yet he is always chained to a tree. After a while, depression sets in. Alvin doesn’t know what to do, he starts showing serious signs of stress, starts barking incessantly. And a lump starts growing near his mouth. After one year, the lump is huge.
His captor, “sick of excessive barking” finally brings him to the shelter. He must have thought himself kind, because he actually left a handwritten note, which described how he had “rescued” an emaciated Alvin last August, but the dog never got used to “being tied,” and “barked too much.” The note also says he “has no use for such a problematic dog.” When the shelter staff asked if he’d considered having the lump near Alvin’s mouth checked by a vet, he said he knew he would eventually surrender him to a shelter, “where the doctors would surely check him.”
When a shelter volunteer called us to inform about Alvin’ situation, we knew we would find a traumatized dog, because of his background and year-long captivity. And indeed, Alvin was showing the signs of dogs that have been held in confinement too long: slightly depressed (yet friendly), confused, worried and understandably, feeling very lonely: you can tell by looking at his eyes.
Sadly however, what we found was much worse: Alvin has a painful lump, which is likely a malignant tumor. We immediately transported him to our own clinic. We are still waiting for his full diagnosis, but we are sure about one thing: we will not let Alvins newfound freedom to be short lived. We will do everything to make sure that his tumor is treated, give him the best medical treatment available and ensure that he has the best forever home.
If you are reading this you are one of those special souls who would never give up on an animal no matter what happens. You know that it is our duty to help Alvin and that together we can help him see another future, brighter and better.
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