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Pet of the week: Josephine, the queen of the cage

Pet of the Josephine and volunteer Heleen
Pet of the Josephine and volunteer Heleen

To look at “Josephine” today you would never believe that she was a terrible mess when she was found in the cage (“Kouchi di Bestia”) outside the entrance to the Bonaire Animal Shelter. She was skinny, had a bad case of mange, and was filthy and unkempt.

But there was something special about this wire haired pup so the Shelter staff decided to try and bring her back from the nearly dead. She began the treatment for her mange with an injection followed by another one later. She was cleaned up and given lots of love and attention. At first Josephine was very shy and had no self confidence. She was at the bottom of the “pecking order” in the puppy cage. But as her mange got under control and her fur started to grow out and she gained some weight so did her self confidence. Now she’s the “queen of the cage.” Josephine is about six months old, has been checked out by the vet, given her shots and will be sterilized when she’s old enough. The dog adoption fee of $75 includes all that plus an identity chip. You may meet Josephine at the Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through Saturday, 8 am to 1 pm and 3 to 5 pm. Tel. 717-498

Bonaire Reporter, Laura DeSalvo – July 6-20, 2012

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