Hello friends, family and animal lovers,
After leaving our home in India, we’ve arrived to our new home in Tel Aviv, Israel, where everything is great but for one thing… HELP US SAVE CRICKET!!!
We all know it is impossible to rescue and domesticate every stray dog, especially in developing countries such as India. Often, the best one can do is to help feed them during tourist season and hope they survive the off season.
In August 2014, we met a stray dog in Goa, India. Male, sweet and handsome, an instant connection happened and we decided to adopt each other. We named the dog Cricket. He was a wonderful addition to our lives. We made sure he was properly vaccinated, neutered and fed.
India is a harsh place for stray dogs and we had to protect him constantly, mostly - and this is unfortunate but symptomatic - from some local residents who tend to regard animal life with no respect whatsoever.
Cricket became the target of unfair accusations from people who accused him of being dominant and aggressive. The same people who beat animals for fun and kill puppies because they’re “a nuisance”...
Cricket was receiving daily death threats, while we were being verbally threatened as well.
A week before we left India in April 2015, a local man told us he would feed Cricket rat poison and kill him by beating him once we were gone. When we stood our ground, he became irate and tried to attack the dog, then us, before being escorted away by bystanders.
ABOUT ANIMAL LOVE
We’re realistic, we know every stray dog cannot be rescued. But sometimes you fall in love with a dog and do everything in your power to save him, because family comes in all shapes and sizes.
And so, as our journey in India was ending and we were making our way to our new home in Israel, we had to find a way to ensure the immediate safety of our beloved dog. Leaving him behind would be abandonment, and his life would end brutally.
ABOUT THE RESCUE
We looked at all the available options - shelters are cruel, local adoption non-existent, local authorities unhelpful to say the least - and concluded the only way was to ship him to our new home in Tel Aviv.
We were lucky enough to meet a wonderful veterinary doctor - Marilyn Estibeiro - who helped us find a temporary kennel service, where Cricket is safe during the time it takes us to deal with the bureaucratic and economic challenges of shipping a dog internationally.
THIS IS WHERE WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!
ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN
Saving Cricket is a very expensive undertaking.
We would greatly appreciate any kind donations to enable our dog to join us. All donations small and large would be so very helpful towards reaching this goal and making a safe and happy home for Cricket.
Here is a detailed list of expenses:
1. Local transport:
- From kennel in Goa to Animal Export Company in Mumbai: € 220,00
- From Animal Export Company to Government Exit Approval Office (and back): € 100,00
2. Kennel services:
- Goa: € 130,00
- Mumbai: € 100,00
3. Medical bills:
- Required blood test: € 150,00
- Required vaccination: € 30,00
4. Internationally approved shipping crate: € 250,00
5. Animal Export Company fee incl. tax: € 290,00
6. Government Exit Approval Office fee incl. tax: € 220,00
7. Airline fee (El Al cargo from Mumbai to Tel Aviv): € 730,00
Please be assured that all monies that should exceed the cost for Cricket’s shipment will be redirected to help fund a new animal shelter in Goa, currently being built by our good friend Brendy Ranalletta.
Thank you in advance for your generosity!
Thank you for contributing to the welfare of stray dogs who rely on the kindness of animal lovers to ensure the life they deserve!
WOOF WOOF NAMASTE SHALOM!!!Erin & Serge