Debora Lum and her eight-year old granddaughter, Nangah Angel, live in Alamadu in Makon village in the North West Region of Cameroon. Deborah is 75 years old and a subsistence farmer. She is also an animal lover. OIPA-Cameroon first met Debora in November 2018, when we carried out a mass vaccination, treatment, and educational campaign in her village. Debora brought her cat for a check-up and to be vaccinated.
At that time, we distributed educational charts about animal health and our contact information to all animal owners who attended the clinic. Since then, we have been helping Debora by providing cat food and veterinary care for her cat.
On 10 April 2019, Angel called me very early in the morning asking me to come to the OIPA-Cameroon office-she needed help for her dog. I contacted the vet, who joined me at our office, where we met Debora, Angel, and a three-month old puppy. Debora told us that two days prior they had rescued the puppy from under a bridge on their way to the farm.
The vet examined the puppy and concluded that she had eaten poisoned food. The puppy was also severely malnourished. Debora told us that Angel had been asking for a dog, but they couldn’t afford one. (Puppies are sold on the streets for about US$15.) Debora also told us that her granddaughter refused to eat because the puppy had not eaten for two days. Debora said she was ready to do anything to save the life of the puppy and put a smile back on her granddaughter’s face. Debora had brought the equivalent of US$1 to cover the vet bill.
We were touched considering that Debora is so poor, yet she spent US$4 to travel from her home to our office and back to save the puppy’s life. On top of that, Debora lives in a rural community, where animals aren’t typically held in high regard, yet, she understands how important the puppy is to her granddaughter and that animals can make people smile. When we asked why Debora rescued the puppy, given her difficult financial situation, she told us that her granddaughter is passionate about dogs so she had no choice.
By the time Debora and Angel left our office, the puppy was looking better, and the family was very happy. We consider them heroes for saving the life of this beautiful pup. They are good examples to others in their village.
Debora and Angel are willing to give the best to the puppy but Debora has very limited means. OIPA-Cameroon has committed to helping Debora and Angel’s puppy and we ensured them we would do all we can so they can keep the puppy healthy and part of their family.
We are hoping to provide a cage to keep the puppy safe when Debora and Angel aren’t around, dog food, and continued vet care (The puppy will need two more rounds of shots, regular de-worming and tick and flea treatments, and until she gains weight and her condition improves, she will need vitamins).
We are pleading for donations to support Debora and Angel so they can give their puppy the chance to grow and thrive. We hope to raise US$200, which we estimate will provide for the puppy for the next two years. To make a donation, please visit: https://www.animal-kind.org/aki-donate -indicate OIPA-Cameroon when you donate.
OIPA-Cameroon is the only animal welfare organization that serves the people and animals in this part of Cameroon. For more information, see our website, www.oipacm.org