Sometimes the right group of people comes along in the right place at the right time, and when the pieces fall into place, a beautiful story unfolds. That was the case on 15 Aug when three ex-pats, two Nassau natives and one local Long Islander united to give a stray injured puppy a second chance.
While vacationing on Gordon’s Beach Saturday at the southernmost tip of Long Island, Bahamas, Lisa Benjamin and Philip Thompson of Nassau noticed a malnourished German shepherd puppy dragging its back legs through the sand. They brought it to the attention of a trio of beachgoers, Floridian ex-pats Bess and Billy Storm and Stacey Venzel. Venzel, a Zoologist and Veterinary Assistant back in the states, assessed the animal while the rescue team sent out a flurry of phone calls.
The group finally connected with the Bahamas Humane Society whose pressing question was whether there was anyone willing to bring the animal on a plane to Nassau. Long Island does not have a shelter or a full-time vet. Dr. Dwight Dorsett of Nassau Pet Clinic routinely visits the out island once monthly to assess local animals.
Benjamin and Thompson were willing to take the dog with them on their return flight scheduled for this Monday with Southern Air Charters. A local Bahamian across the road from Gordon’s Beach also showed up at the rescue site and offered to home the canine temporarily. The Storms contacted their local friends Gloria and Gregory Culmer of Whymss, Long Island who will be graciously providing a crate for the animal’s transport.
The dog’s trauma appears to be consistent with a car accident. Despite not being able to use his back legs, the animal was still wagging his tail, offering a spark of hope for this rescue team. He was not in any visible pain.
Unfortunately for many of the out islands, injured strays are often put down by the police due to a lack of shelters on the island. Lucky for this dog, a group of strangers was charmed by his determination and friendliness. They named the pup Gordon.
If you or anyone you know might be interested in giving this animal a permanent home, please contact the Bahamas Humane Society at 1-242-323-5138 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.