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The Dogs of Todos Santos, Guatemala

The veterinary team I joined here two days ago has almost completed the vaccine and neuter clinics for this visit and has just started spaying the females. My jaw drops as I enter our makeshift surgery room—it looks like something out of a war movie: tin-covered walls, a dusty floor, poor lighting, and no central heat. Benita, a local villager who has been hired to translate for us, takes patient histories and helps the villagers sign consent forms.more
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Big Hearts in Bella Bella

It’s funny that one telephone call can lead to a shift in perception, but that’s what recently happened to me when I received a call from Toronto’s Michelle...more
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Big Hearts in Bella Bella: Behind the Scenes

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Bark of the Wild

When Genevieve Montcombroux was growing up in Paris, she dreamed of living in Canada’s North. Some called it a childhood fantasy, but at the age of 10, Montcombroux knew it would happen the moment she picked up Boreal, a book by French ethnologist and explorer Paul-Emile Victor. more
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Love is Blind

When a little boy named Leo came home from school, he couldn’t stop talking about the wonderful Border Collie that had visited his class that day. Despite being blind, Riddle could run and play and even fetch. more
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SAINTS Dog Hospice

Michael had spent his entire life at the end of a chain. Now 16, the Spaniel-cross caught the eye of someone who felt sorry for him and took him home, but couldn’t manage his care. He had a massive tumour on his back-end; was totally crippled with arthritis; had end-stage cardiac disease and a grade 6 heart murmur. more
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Health And Hope

Cape Town is a beautiful city. Ringed by a flat-topped rise called Table Mountain, Arcadian wine country, and a wide open sea that stretches to Antarctica, it’s a favourite of European vacationers and draws comparisons to San Francisco. The drive from the airport into town, however, isn’t pretty. The N2 highway runs along a length of one of the ugliest stretches of the city: the township or informal settlement called Khayelitsha. more
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Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Before my bags are unpacked, I have fallen in love with Jack. I’m not surprised, really. I knew as I was preparing for my trip to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, location of the National Geographic Channel’s DogTown, that I would want to scoop some new pals to add to my ever-expanding ark. Somewhat aloof, Jack only warms up to me after the second sweet potato snack. Admittedly larger than most animals I have approached in the “can-I-be-your-friend” crouch, he is nonetheless dainty as he takes the rumpled chew from my hand. The fact that people who eat with boorish abandon are called “pigs” strikes me as ironic when I look at Jack. For, though one of the sanctuary’s 21 pot-bellied residents, Jack’s polite manners exude all things gentleman. I quickly suspect similar epiphanies might end up being a theme over the next few days. After all, this place breathes transformative magic. more
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Old Dog Haven

Old Dog Haven is the last hope for death-row shelter dogs that most
potential adopters breeze on past without a glance. The animals
targeted by Piper are eight to 17 years old. The plain truth is that
senior dogs who land at shelters have a near zero chance of survival.
While shelters do the best they can to place older animals, going so
far as to offer discounts on the elderly in some cases, or providing
scholarships for medical bills, it’s still an uphill grind. Even minor
medical costs and inconveniences such as the ongoing need for basic
prescription drugs thwart an animal’s chance of being adopted. more
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Faith

Frankie was a young soldier serving in Iraq when he was seriously injured by an improvised explosive device and lost both legs. While recovering at the Walter...more

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