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In the current crisis, Animals Lebanon is helping refugees from Syria and their animals, as well as an influx of animals from people leaving Lebanon. A brief update – for an earlier update, click here. – Editor

 

By Jason Meier

Animals Lebanon

Beirut

 

Update – September 4, 2013

 

…We are in a very tough situation and know we are really going to need help…

 

Now we have a woman from Syria who evacuated with her six cats. She and the cats are staying with us until we can get her and them a plane ticket, hopefully on Saturday.

 

We also have a whole new zoo to empty. I was here the day before the 2006 war and visited zoos in the south. So many of those animals died because they could not be reached, or others were given too much food at the end of the war. I don’t want to be in a position where the same thing happens to these animals. Two lions, two tigers, three macaws, and two crocodiles. The rest are local wildlife that can be placed here…

 

To visit the website of Animals Lebanon or to help with a donation, click here.

 

Photo: Courtesy of Animals Lebanon / Nacho was tied up his whole life and abused by people, until he was rescued by Animals Lebanon. Despite this history, he remained a very gentle dog, and he is now happily adopted in the US!

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By Animals Lebanon

 

It took four days to catch them and four months to bring them back to health.

 

Hazel and Aiden lived miserably on the street – covered with mange, emaciated, abused by people – and lived underground in an abandoned basement for shelter.

 

After several attempts over four days we succeeded in safely catching them. They needed to be taken to the vet immediately.

 

After four months of mange treatment, we started the rehabilitation training. Their social skills were zero and their fears were just too many.

 

Working with Debbie Jacobs, a certified dog trainer from the US we were able to bring these two precious dog back to trusting people.

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“Hazel came around much faster then Aiden,” said Maggie Shaarawi, vice president of Animals Lebanon.

 

“Over nine months Hazel and Aiden received positive reinforcement training and it certainly worked. Finally seeing Aiden stand proudly with a wagging tail was so rewarding to me.”

 

August 22nd was Hazel and Aiden’s big day. They were ready to leave Animals Lebanon and start a new journey in the states. Thanks to two great groups in the U.S., As good As Gold Dog Rescue and Hightails Hideway, Hazel and Aiden have a new beginning were they await their forever homes.

 

We need your help – Donate now for their care and trip to a new life, and help make sure more animals just like Hazel and Aiden get the care they need.

 

To visit Animals Lebanon’s website, click here.

 

Photos: Courtesy of Animals Lebanon