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Report from the Field: Stories from the Rescuers






Planning the Rescue

Rescuing Abandoned Animals in Gaza

Rescuing Animals in the West Bank

Stories from the Rescuers





Stories from Hakol Chai staff about their experiences in Gaza

Milo – this is the small brown and white dog in the photos. He was originally seen hiding from the sun under a jeep. He was very scared, and it took quite a while to catch him. We took him on a "Good Morning America" type of show, and he made a great hit in Israel. We’re getting lots of calls from people wanting to adopt him. More than 30 people called to adopt the animals we showed on that program when we asked for people to come forward and adopt them.


We got a report from a soldier about a female dog in Rafiah Yam. On the way there, our clinic encountered a group of Palestinians from the area who shouted at the clinic staff to go away. Nevertheless, the clinic continued to look for the dog. Soldiers said they had seen her during the past hour, but they didn't know exactly where she was now. When we were at the point of desperation, a soldier who followed the clinic called Yafit to say he found the dog, had closed her in a room, and was waiting next to her. The clinic hurried there and found a very big dog (Great Dane mix), exhausted, full of ticks. She was very friendly but scared. They picked her up and brought her to safety.


A tiny three week old gray tabby kitten – they gave IV fluids to the kitten, who looked like she was dying, and were able to revive her. One of our volunteers, an Italian man, adopted her. He had to go to Italy for a short trip and one of our staff members is caring for the kitten while he is away.


The 40 parakeets were in a giant cage inside a house. We had to go into the cage and catch them, one by one, as they bit us. Some of the rescuers ended up quite pecked and bloody, but we got them all and transferred them to smaller cages.


In the photos of one of the chickens being caught, you can see graffiti the settlers wrote on the walls. It says "No one will catch us alive, we won’t be evacuated." It’s as if the chicken is saying it, though we did catch him.


The turkey was in someone’s yard and hard to catch. The goose was with the turkey, also hard to catch.


Fifteen guinea pigs were found in Netzarim. The owner contacted us when he found out we had them and said he wanted them back and will come to get them. The settlers gave various excuses for why they left their animals behind.
The scared little iguana ran up a tree. We engaged the help of the soldiers to shake the tree to get him down, which is why in the photos you see Tzachi Nevo, the vet in green, surrounded by soldiers looking at him. The iguana's photo was in the Jerusalem Post today.
Soldiers ran after the clinic to tell us there was a dog inside a house in an area about to be bulldozed. Our people searched 15 houses before they found him, waiting by his water bowl, absolutely terrified. He’s a lab. Our staff and volunteers said the soldiers helped a lot.



Sad stories, too. At Morag, there was a small black and brown pinscher that was running very fast. They spent quite a while trying to catch him, without success. Later, the owner came forward and said he wanted to go back to look for him, but we didn’t think he would be allowed in. It was too late.

UPDATE from Hakol Chai board member: I went on my knees to thank God — the little pinscher is united with his owner. The woman who was helping us all the time to get permits, her name is Orly, and she was the spokesperson for the Air Force and still has many contacts here, arranged a permit for the owner to go in with protection of the Army to see if he could catch the dog, and YES YES YES.