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CHARLIE'S FUND


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Help animals like Charlie live without pain and suffering!

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CHARLIE'S STORY

When Charlie first came to our attention he was living on the streets of Tongatapu, scavenging for food scraps, searching for water and being very wary of humans. His large and disfigured head made him simultaneously conspicuous and invisable. Nobody wanted to look at Big Head. Nobody wanted to see him.

But one day, Angela and James Glover saw him and they didn't turn away. They spent six weeks taking food to him on the street and trying to gain his trust. With no permanent veterinary services on the island, they contacted SPAW in New Zealand to seek advice on what could be wrong with him and how they might be able to help.

When SPAW visited Tonga in December 2017 Charlie was one of the first patients through the door. Angela and James had managed to befriend him and had picked him up off the street that morning.

When he arrived at the clinic Charlie was in a terrible state. His head was so swollen that he had trouble seeing. His skin was scabbed, his coast was dull, and he was riddled with fleas and intestinal worms. But even though he had endured such neglect, Charlie still had room in his heart for love and trust.

Charlie's life changed dramatically that day.

Not only did he feel better, he also found a new home with Angela and James. From that point, Charlie didn't have to live in fear on the streets. He no longer had to look for a safe bed or scavenge for a meal and most importantly, he was free from pain.

Between December 2017 and May 2018, SPAW vets provided care to Charlie three times, including complex surgery to release pressure around his eye and brain and to improve his beathing. Charlie was de-sexed to reduce social stress of being around other dogs and he was vaccinated against the deadly parvovirus. To his relief Charlie received his first flea and worm treatmet, antibiotics, anti-inflammatories and painkillers, all this ensuring Charlies last months were comfortable. SPAW provided this service free of charge, thanks to individuals and businesses who support our efforts.

Angela and James cared for Charlie for six months providing him with the companionship and love he deserved. We new Charlie would not live long and sadly we lost our courageous friend in May 2018. In his last months, Charlie was pain-free and loved, for this we are grateful.

We ask you to please consider donating to Charlie's Fund and help SPAW ensure that animals like him can live a life without pain and suffering. Funds raised will go directly to improving the lives of pacific island animals by providing free veterinary services to island communities.

To read more about Charlie go to www.spaw.org.nz/charliesfund

About us

South Pacific Animal Welfare is a NZ based charity. Our goal is to inspire change to the health and well being of animals by being present and active on south pacific islands. Our organisation works with island communities to provide free veterinary care, de-sexing surgeries, parvovirus vaccines, parasite control and emergency relief. We have introduced our programme to the islands of Tongatapu, Vava'u, Eua, Upolo, Sava'ii, Rarotonga, Niue, Fiji and Taveuni.

Our philosophy is to run clinics where all of our services are free to the communities that we are working in. This means any animal can receive veterinary care regardless of the financial situation of their family or community.

We recruit volunteer veterinarians and vet nurses who are often the only conduit of veterinary medicine to these animals and communities.

SPAW was founded because of a very real need and New Zealand shares a strong historical and cultural relationship with the South Pacific.

It is our goal to see veterinary care accessible to our neighbouring communities in the South Pacific.

Use of funds

Purchase veterinary medicines and equipment to help more animals like Charlie.

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  • Julia

    Julia on 13 Sep 2018

    $30

    $30

  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 15 Aug 2018

    $50

    Much love to Charlie & SPAW from NZ :)

    $50

    • South Pacific Animal Welfare

      Hi Vincent - thank you so very much for your donation. We really appreciate it. The SPAW Team

  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 15 Aug 2018

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    I was in Tonga October 2017 and saw Charlie on the streets. My heart was broken for him, but i could not help. I'm Tongan but with no close families in Tonga, and only a couple of days before returning to NZ, I felt absolutely hopeless and very sad that i could not do something for Charlie. I asked around if there was a vet to take Charlie to etc. but it was hopeless. Instead i bought some fish at the fish market and feed him with that. I shed many tears for Charlie on that day. Charlie's state haunted me for a long time. I read Charlie's story in Vietnam, and was so moved by the love and kindness, Charlie finally received from Angela and James. I have not got much to give but here's a small donation. Hopefully it will help with the great work SPAWS are doing for the animals in the Pacific. ps: My family have a pug dog name Charlie, whom we love very, very much:) May God Bless the good work you are all doing for the animals.

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    • South Pacific Animal Welfare

      Hi there - thank you so very much for your donation. It is a huge help and so very much appreciated. If you could email us enquiries@spaw.org.nz so we can keep you posted on goings on. Karen here - SPAWs Founder

  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 12 Aug 2018

    $20

    $20

    • South Pacific Animal Welfare

      Dear friend - thank you so much for your donation. We are most grateful and appreciate every penny to help us continue our good work. Karen

  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 03 Aug 2018

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    • South Pacific Animal Welfare

      Hi Sally - thank you so much for your donation. It is very much appreciated. Karen - SPAWs founder


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