LIBERIA — When Princess was less than a year old, she was dumped at a shelter and about to be euthanized when she got a second chance. The Desmond family offered to foster the playful dog but quickly realized that she was meant to be a permanent part of their household. The Desmond’s adopted Princess, and together they set out on a mission to help other animals in need.
The Desmond’s travelled and lived in ten different countries including Liberia, where they reside now, in an attempt to help abandoned and orphaned Apes and Chimpanzees. To-date, five orphaned Chimpanzees have lived with the Desmonds and every time, Princess grows close with them to help them adjust. Many of the Chimps lose their mothers to poachers, however, Jenny Desmond stresses, “They are being rehabilitated in Liberia so they can one day live with a chimpanzee family, where they belong.” She added, “The goal is to provide care and give them a future lifetime with other rescued chimpanzees, not humans.”
Princess helps to make the transition smoother for the orphaned Chimps by acting as their friend and providing a source of comfort. The dog was also with the family when they helped the research Apes that the New York Blood Centre abandoned in Liberia. The Apes were left without food and water when the centre took off but fortunately the Desmond’s, the Humane Society of the United States and local rescues stepped in to help. To learn how you can help the abandoned Chimpanzees in Liberia follow this link.
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