It’s not a story of Mount Everest’s conquest or another “spring” bringing disorder in some politicized territory; but it’s no less a story of hope for the voiceless victims of abuse and neglect in a distant land.
The news of victory in the Sun Super Dreams contest for Dogs in Brazil, a dog rescue run by Janice Cabral and her husband in Brazil on voluntary basis, would be celebrated by the homeless canines in Brazil with great fervor should they happen to understand human language.
A decade ago, Janice and her husband decided to make Brazil their home after witnessing a great need for helping the stray, vulnerable canines in the country. Out of their own pockets, they started rescuing the homeless dogs in the area, particularly those victimized by trauma, abuse, and/or neglect.
Helping the stray canines from their earnings and donations from caring souls, Dogs in Brazil suffered a major setback last year when floods destroyed much of their infrastructure they had erected for the vulnerable dogs right outside their old house. Keeping up the good work required money, and getting enough donations was proving no more than a dream. But dreams come true when a caring heart beats “yes” to the tune of hope. For Dogs in Brazil, the dream was brought to life by Kelly McBride, an Aussie lady who supported Janice’s rescue online.
As required by the rules, only an Australian national could nominate a dream at Sun Super Dreams to win a prize worth $5000 by getting votes online via a registered/valid email. Dogs in Brazil was Kelly McBride’s dream – and that of the helpless canines in Brazil and their well-wishers. Though they entered fairly late into the contest, i.e., on May 14, their supporters welcomed the initiative and made voting for them their first click on the list. On May 31, the dream came true – Dogs in Brazil won the contest by a decisive 2700 plus votes from supporters around the world.
“Well, it was an awesome moment winning after a long uphill struggle since the disaster. I still can’t believe we won,” says Janice. “We had a tremendous response from Twitter, Facebook and our blog.”
Asked what they would do with the prize money for the dogs, Janice shares her plans as:
“When we were forced to move from our old house, we lost a lot of our infrastructure for the shelter. We had bricked walls and here we don’t even have a perimeter fence, so the dogs cannot be let out of their kennels two or three times a day, like the used to be. So the perimeter fence will be the first thing we do. We also had almost all of the dog houses built in brick so we couldn’t bring them either; so now we are making wooden houses for them all to sleep in as it’s cold up here in the mountain. I will also be making at least two or three new kennels because we didn’t have the money to make as many kennels as we had before. We have two dogs without kennels and I would like to make two spare ones if possible. We are hoping that donations keep coming for the vital things like food, vets and medication so that we can actually spend that money on infrastructure.”
More dogs will be safe in Brazil now than before; and yet, a lot is still to be done for the endangered, voiceless souls that are in need of help out there. Or perhaps, calling them voiceless won’t be so accurate as the recent victory in the Australian contest instantiates the point that somebody’s dream can come true when somebody cares.
Note: Readers interested in donating to Dogs in Brazil, please visit their blog.