Cala was a guard dog at a mechanic’s shop near San Jose, Costa Rica. The mechanic never took her to the vet when she got sick, nor did he feed her on a daily basis. She was malnourished to the point where she couldn’t stand on her own feet and when she sat down, the short chain around her neck kept her from putting her head on the floor. Cala’s health grew increasingly worse and she even started having trouble breathing. If help didn’t come soon, Cala was going to die.
Thankfully, the neighbors saved Cala from the brink of death. They contacted local police and dog sanctuary Territorio de Zaguates. Cala was removed from the property by the police and she was taken to the vet. She was treated for wounds resulting from the chain around her neck and for severe malnourishment.
Her healing process was slow, and it was still hard for her to trust humans as it was painful when the rescuers would treat her wounds. But Cala started to understand they were there to help when she received love and treats after her treatments.
Cala also didn’t like the other dogs at the sanctuary at first, which led them to believe she’d never been around other dogs. Or maybe she’d been trained to attack them. But she came around to trusting them as well.
Even after she was saved, Cala’s struggles weren’t yet behind her. In June, people snuck into the sanctuary in an attempt to kill some of dogs with poison sausages. While 16 of the dogs died, this tenacious pup survived. Probably her size helped tolerate the dose — that or she only got to a small bite of it.
After recuperating, Cala was moved to a foster home where she’s currently being showered with love and attention.