Hi, I am Assis, foster me !

Male - born 12/2006 

Assis was born on the streets - he was a son of Madelena, the wild female that left many puppies to Bianca and never let herself be caught. She protected her puppies - she was hiding them until they were around 2 months old and by that time - when caught by people - they were already very scared and not all of them got socialised.

We did not caught Assis at the same time as his other siblings (out of which Ayco, Ador and Aquina stayed with us). We noticed him only later and we would let him be, he seemed to be managing on the streets, but he got his paw wounded. He was going around with his wounded paw for a long time and it seemed to be getting worse, not healing but becoming more and more infected. Every day we were thinking what we could do to help him but it seemed impossible: he would not let anyone approach him, he was running away.

One day we (Ana and Rosa) said: "it has to be today" and we prepared some tranquilisers in the meat and we threw it to him. We were lucky because there were no other animals nearby, we could not risk otherwise that they would eat it too. After an hour we came back. He was not there. We were looking for him everywhere and we nearly gave up when we heard a noise - it was Assis running away from us. We run after him, he was running on 3 paws and he still seemed quicker than us on two legs ;) Even if he had 4 or 5 tranquilising pills, he was still able to run, so scared he was! We run through the middle of the village behind him, oblivious to what people would say, who cares. At some point he hid between a car and a wall and this is how we got him - one approached him from the front, the other from behind, he tried to bite but he did not have force any more, poor thing, the tranquiliser was working. We managed to carry him to the car (which by the way was quite far away after all the running we did).

His paw was saved, we did not need to have it amputated. Good in bad - he had a tick fever which prevented blood from coagulating so constantly running blood prevented the fesh from rottening.

It was very difficult to cure him, the bandages had to be changed every two days and he did not want to be touched - try to deal with big and wild animal! Then a month of injections to treat leishmaniasis. That was not easy either. But it is done now, he is in good health (even if he has leishmaniasis).

Assis stayed with us in the shelter - still a bit wild and mistrustful about strangers but we love him. 


Maria João
Casa Animales
Margarida Espínola