Charlie was a very ill dog rescued from the streets of Tongatapu. This fund is in his memory.
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.
to Read more about Charlie and this fund go to www.spaw.org.nz/charliesfund
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.
Funds will be used to help other dogs like Charlie receive veterinary medicine at no charge.
Thank you for your kind donation Toa. It is very much appreciated. Karen and the SPAW team.