Success Stories

SUCCESS STORIES

 

We're proud to have successfully rehomed many Mauritian strays, providing them with loving, caring adoptive homes throughout the UK.

We take great pride in our work and enjoy seeing our strays transition into life with their new families.

If you have a success story you'd like to share, we'd love to hear from you!

 

 

LADY

 

"Saving her is the thing we are most proud of, she is a wonderful addition to our family and whilst it has meant a lot of changes and she has her challenges, we would not change her for anything."

 

When we booked Mauritius we knew there were dogs on the beach from reviews and as a family that couldn't have dogs I loved their company. Lady (Or Skinny girl as we called her then) was the first dog we met at the resort, she was not really in with the pack and was mainly found near our room, she kept her distance at first and was clearly sussing us out. She looked very thin and her coat was bare in patches, and her teets were hanging down she’d clearly just had pups and she had the most soulful brown eyes you had ever seen, from the moment I met her I worried about her, she seemed on the very edge of existence, I made it my mission to feed her up, every morning I would fill a bag with sausages and meat to feed her as she slept under our sunbeds and on an evening when we would see her near our room, she is such a gentle girl.

 

As sad a sight as our skinny girl was I had no idea of the cruelty they face, it seems an idyllic place to be stray but discovering the truth was heartbreaking, you could tell by her reaction to beach sellers, some locals and security she had a reason to fear them and when I discovered about MSAW it broke my heart, as the holiday went in she came to see us everyday, she would come on beach walks with us, one morning she came to watch the sunrise at 5 am.

 

As the end of our holiday approached I was so upset about leaving, the morning of our departure all the dogs were there and I cried from the Resort to the airport, saying goodbye was torture and I became consumed with what would happen to not just skinny girl but all the lovely dogs there.

 

We were not dog owners, we both work full time so wasn't really practical but I could not forget the dogs and their plight, there was a Facebook group which meant we could get updates on all the dogs from current guests which was great and it was this where I found likeminded people who had also been appalled by the treatment of the dogs, one by one the dogs were being adopted and at this point it became clear we had to bring our Lady home and without the help of Paws this would never have happened, I phoned them and they collected her the next day, they helped arrange everything as well as treating and vaccinating her.

 

Was it was costly - Yes and it meant a lot of changes to our home and lives and it was a really nervous month once we knew it was happening, had we made the right decision, would Lady settle in, would we be able to work our lives round a dog? But I can't tell you how much she has enriched our lives, never thought I'd voluntarily get out of bed at 6am for anyone but she is soooo worth the early starts, Lady is a dog who outside our home is scared of everything, very reactive to dogs, cats, people (especially men) and anything she doesn’t like the look of but at home, she is adorable, so sweet, loves fuss but on her terms, very independent. Being greeted by her after work is the best welcome home ever and seeing her snoring away just fills my heart with joy.

 

Saving her is the thing we are most proud of, she is a wonderful addition to our family and whilst it has meant a lot of changes and she has her challenges, we would not change her for anything.

MABEL

 

This is Mabel - the sweetest, friendliest little dog. We were completely ignorant about the situation in Mauritius regarding stray dogs and the MSAW barbarity when we chose it as a relaxing holiday destination. Our eyes were yanked wide open pretty much as soon as we arrived at our 'luxury, upscale' hotel. Yes, the rooms were gorgeous and the grounds were spectacular but all of that became insignificant when we met the stray dogs who roamed the grounds and beach - all skin and bone, with open wounds and being terrorised by the hotel staff.

 

Our room wasn't ready when we arrived so we went down to the beach and found some sun loungers. Within 20mins my husband announced that I had a friend - under my sun lounger was a dog! She was very skinny but so friendly and loving and, from that moment on, she spent every day of our holiday with us, typically greeting us with a huge display of play paws every morning. She stayed firmly by my side even when other guests offered her their lunch and she ran to me if any of the staff approached her.

 

She even found our room one night. It was midnight and we heard whimpering at the door and there she was, looking very pleased with herself to have found us! There were several other dogs at the hotel who we also fed and tried to care for, as did many of the other guests. The people who clearly did not care for these dogs were the hotel managers who chased them off by banging pans and throwing things at them.

We decided not to venture out of the vast hotel grounds after speaking to fellow guests, who said the dogs on the streets were in a far worse condition than the 'beach' dogs ... and I was already heartbroken. We also Googled Mauritius, regarding the treatment of dogs, and discovered the horror that is MSAW.

 

We considered adopting Mabel but had no idea how to financially or logistically. Unfortunately I didn't discover this group and page until weeks later. Reluctantly we left, which is one of the hardest things I have ever done. She followed us all the way to the airport car pick up. We swapped numbers with some friends we had made who were staying another week and they assured us that they would keep us up to date on our little dog. We hoped to hear that she had latched onto another couple and would be relatively happy doing her thing. Sadly not.

Less than 24hrs after we left I received a text to say 'my' dog had vanished from the minute we left.

 

I frantically found a number for the hotel and demanded to speak to a manager. He informed me that some of the dogs had been caught and taken to a 'dog lounge' within the hotel grounds where they would be adopted by hotel staff ... the staff who I had witnessed terrify the dogs for ten days?? It didn't feel right so I asked for photos to ensure she was still alive and then I found PAWS and Lorena. Heaven sent! PAWS confirmed what I feared and said that my hotel was one of the worst for poisoning dogs. That was it; all of the logistic and financial worries went out of the window. Lorena was incredible, as was Hana. They both took care of the logistics. My amazing family and friends helped me to raise the money to make it all possible and 'Mabel' arrived three weeks later!

 

We had a little hiccup when she first arrived: I noticed she seemed not like herself and everyone around me said 'she's been on a 12hr flight, she'll be confused' but I knew her already and she wasn't right. With Gillian's expertise and support, our vets tested for a tick born disease which came back positive but four weeks of antibiotics and steroids beat it and she is now the happiest, most loving and extremely entertaining dog. She loves being cuddled, is always ferreting in her toy box and is just a dream. From day one we have had no issues - no toilet training required, no chewing or destroying and she gets on well with our gorgeous UK rescue dog Rodney.

 

Mauritius was hell but we were so lucky to meet our little Mabel. These dogs deserve happy, loving homes and I can assure you that they give so much more in return.

 

BUGS

 

Say hello to Bugs!

 

This little man hasn't had the best start in life, left all alone to fend for himself at only 10 weeks old and finding himself on the beach just like so many other dogs that deserve a better life.

Staggering along the beach Bugs suffered immensely. He was dehydrated, flee and tick ridden, suffering from ear and eye infections, malnourished, covered in open cuts, scabs and bruises and also suffering from mange.

 

Bugs was trying to drink the sea water to aid his thirst. Many holiday makers just watched him struggling without a single shred of compassion, but I would like to say a massive thank you to all the sun seekers who did help. Bugs stole many hearts, not just our own, and has become a little celebrity on social media. We will carry on telling his story as time goes by and hope his life will spur others to do the same.

 

The growing number of stray beach dogs in Mauritius is rising and something urgently needs to change in order to start managing and controlling this continual problem.

 

The island’s rescue services are trying their best but are over-occupied already and could do with more funding from any avenue – every donation is greatly appreciated.

 

I would like to say a big personal thank to Lorena & Keyer, who were the first to monitor Bugs’ situation. We were told Bugs may not live due to his condition, and if it wasn’t for them and the quick thinking of all the staff that worked tirelessly hard to give him love and treatment he may not be with us today.

 

Bugs has now started the road to recovery and will be coming back with us to England but there are so many more stories that won’t be told, with real dangers and real problems.

 

Unfortunately the current situation on the island of Mauritius will continue until everyone works in conjunction and every life should be treated with respect and common decency.

 

Even after just a few days of care and compassion, Bugs’ recovery has had a fantastic start. After two weeks on and the right treatment along with everyday care from all the workers at PAWS, Bugs has put on weight, is looking healthier and is enjoying life as a dog - happy with the spirit to live.

 

Hopefully Bugs’ story is heard. We all know this is just one story and there are so many more happy tails to be wagged, yet the unlawful treatment of the stray dogs in Mauritius grows at an alarming rate with such terrible consequences and terrifying standards of torture and the killing of helpless, homeless starving dogs.

 

Unless there are massive changes made in Mauritius, more and more people will read and hear about the scandalous mistreatment of dogs and holiday makers will no longer wish to travel there because instead of having a relaxing break, dog lovers will have a stressful, unforgettable experience of Mauritius for the wrong reasons.

 

Please follow Bugs’ story for he is one of the lucky ones that has got a second chance at life.

 

Read more about Bugs' story here.

 

Yours,

Lee Baxter

 

"Pepper brings so much joy into our lives. She's so playful and loves her new brothers and sisters!" - Lisa, Leicestershire

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