Dogs for Adoption: Helen and Daydream
Ed’s note: Helen and Daydream have found new homes!
The long-haired dachshund Helen (above) and a short-haired dapple gray named Daydream (below) were among over 30 dogs rescued from the appalling conditions at a breeder, a literal breeding prison. Money was the only concern, no matter how impoverished the lives of the wholly innocent dogs became. The female dogs were kept in tiny cages that gave them barely room to turn around. They were never washed, brushed or let out of the cages. When they fell sick they went untreated. It was cheaper to let them die and bring in new dogs to take their place bearing litter after litter of puppies for sale. When the breeder died in a car accident, the dogs were finally able to be rescued. Helen, about 4 years old, and Daydream, about 3, came to ARK. They, like the others, were stinking, matted, filthy. But, underneath were still cheerful, gentle dogs whose spirits had not yet been broken. Admittedly, Helen is still timid but loves to be held and go for walks. Daydream, though she loves other dogs and cats, is still fearful of humans and hides until people have left the room. She runs and plays with Helen in the garden and has started to wag her tail and ask for treats, as she slowly and bravely warms to her new world. For these dogs, every day now brings a new experience. Their curiosity and joy for a life that previously they could only dream of are bittersweet. Now, though, their dreams of a better world have all the chance of coming true.
Originally published in the Japan Times on Saturday, October 25, 2008. Photos by Yoko Miyao.
Interested in Adopting Helen or Daydream?
Please email ARK at tokyoark[at]arkbark.net or call 080-6146-3889 (English) or 080-6517-8913 (Japanese). Tokyo ARK is a nonprofit organization founded by Brit Elizabeth Oliver. It is dedicated to rescuing and rehoming abandoned animals. All animals are vaccinated, neutered, and microchipped. Prospective new owners undergo a screening process.
The Japan Times supports stray and abandoned animals by publishing this photo box every Saturday in the Weekend/People section of the paper. The information is then archived here on the Angels with Fur site one week later, on the following Saturday.