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Help animals like Charlie live without pain and suffering!

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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.

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

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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.

“We bloody love an ange. we bloody love a geordie. love you guys and what you are doing. if we an come visit we will PARTAY. love you. rip bighead”
“Thank you SPAW for all the work you do keeping the islands animals cared for. Keep up the good work!”
“Highly recommend this trek to any vet nurse or vet, you get to help animals that sometimes go a long time between vet visits, experience a different culture and the people are wonderful”
“Without you we would never have been able to rescue Charlie and give him a life filled with love and hope. Your work on the isalnds is essential and to be able to help other animals in Charlie's name is an honour. We always knew he was special...and now he lives on to help others. SPAW...we hope this donations goes a small way to helping raise funds for the incredible work you do here. Thank you ...from us and our animals xx”
“Thank you all for your amazing work you do ❤️”
“I hppe my donation helps other dogs like Charlie have a better, happier life. I met Charlie in January when I visited my daughter Angela and her husband James in Tonga and saw how loved he was and what a special dog he had become to so many people. I fell in love with him as soon as I met him and am so glad his legacy lives on to help other dogs through you. I know through Angela how needed you are and I saw for myself some of the sad states of street animals - it's hearbreaking. Your work is so appreciated and that of all your vet teams for giving up their time to help. Please keep going over and helping. It means so much to the animals and the island...and I know Angela and James need you too for other dogs they want to help in the future. Best of luck!”
“Thank you SPAW for helping Charlie and making his life better. Your work is incredible, inspiring and I'm sure all the animals are so glad you are there for them. Please keep helping as you are....the animals need you.”
“well done the animals need it here.”
“So love & admire what you are doing & achieving!❤️”
“Thank you SPAW for helping Charlie, Ange and James. Ange is a friend and a huge animal lover, as you know. Her huge heart meant she was never going to leave Charlie abandoned, and your medical support and help for him was invaluable. Keep it all up :) X”
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