TORONTO — When one woman came across a Texas shelter kill-list featuring three sibling puppies scheduled to be euthanized that day, she knew that she had to do everything in her power to save them. Despite the fact that she was in a different country and had less than 24 hours to rescue them, she jumped in head first to make it happen. Carly Werle, who is a volunteer for the Save Our Scruff dog rescue organization in Toronto, employed all of her resources to give the 6-week-old Belgian Malinois puppies the chance at life they deserved.
Werle spent hours contacting organizations in San Antonio, Texas, to pull the pups from the shelter in the short period of time they had left. Due to the strict laws in Texas, the dogs could only be released to individuals and organizations residing in the district. After reaching out to over 60 organizations, only three replied and one agreed to pull the puppies for her.
Izabella Canine Rescue intervened and saved the puppies from death row when they discovered that all three were suffering from Mange, a highly contagious skin disease. Due to their infection, the rescue group could not provide the dogs with shelter so Werle had to jump back on the phone and organize for a veterinary clinic to board the pups until they healed. When one vet finally agreed, Werle had no idea how long and expensive the journey was about to become.
The puppies were placed into quarantine and treated at the veterinary clinic for an entire three months before Werle could embark on the next step of transporting them to Canada. After much homework Werle located an organization that was able to arrange the puppies transport to the Canadian boarder. An astounding 28 people were involved in driving the puppies an hour each leg of the way from Texas to the Niagara Falls border in Canada. The puppies were finally safe and after staying in foster care with Werle they were all successfully adopted.
We asked Werle about the whole experience of rescuing the pups, she said:
“I have never cried so much in my entire life then I have during this process. I almost lost the puppies three times and although the whole thing ended up costing me $6000 it’s all worth it now.”
Richie, Reyna and Rena are all now happily living in their new homes but that hasn’t stopped their respective owners from arranging playdates for them. Thanks to Werle’s dedication and their new owners, the siblings are now living full, happy lives and are getting to see each other on a regular basis. Check out the gallery below to see the incredible transformation and the bond that these pups still share despite being separated.