IFAW-GAAP Responds to Chile Fires: Updates

New Update: Baya.

Today we dropped off Baya at Andres Bello University Hospital. Baya is a big Percheron mare and when she first got here, she was shy and visibly upset. Once we got a halter on her, she settled down and her rescuers found out she is a very sweet horse. We think Baya, like many other horses IFAW-GAAP have rescued, are a little bit on the wild side because they come down from the hills. They have never been around many people or vehicles before. In the end, Baya calmed down and we traveled safely with her in our trailer. When we got to the hospital, we backed her out of the trailer, slowly, so she was comfortable. She will need to stay at the hospital for five to seven days.


New Update: Small Animals at the Camp.

IFAW-GAAP is working hard at the temporary shelter set up in Doñihue! Until now, we’ve mainly cared for large animals, such as horses and cows. But, last night we had a bit of a surprise. Someone ran to our camp near the shelter and said a young dog had been hit by a car. So we rushed out to answer the call for help. The small, black, white and brown dog belongs to a family and the kids were worried about his injures. We managed to stabilize him and get him fluids, but he was still in pretty bad shape. The family and our team decided he had to be taken to Rancagua for further treatment. On our way back, we found another wounded dog. This beautiful dog had a big wound that needed to be cleaned. We immediately tended to him, gave him a hot meal and are confident he will recover fully.



New Update: More Rescued Horses.

Last night we saw the fire. We were outside and in the distance we saw a huge fire. An orange glow flickered up and down across the horizon.

It was big.

We called the police and the firemen. When the police arrived they told us they had not heard the fire was in this area. As we were talking, we saw the fire go up again. We could see the flames in the horizon, so the police went to find out where the fire was.

Later that night, at about 11:30, a big truck from Santa Olga (the community that was entirely burnt down by one of the fires last week) came to the camp with six horses, some of which were severely burned. One of the young ones was really attached to one other horse. We thought it was his mother. Sadly, it wasn’t. Apparently his mother died in the fire and the little guy attached himself to one of the rescued mares.

This morning one horse – who was already in bad shape when he arrived – wouldn’t get up. We put a catheter in him to give him fluids. Eventually he stood up, but he was really dehydrated and not doing well. Right now we’re on our way to the Andres Bello University Hospital’s vet in Santiago.

We’re also taking another horse we rescued the day before. We ran a blood test and when the test results came in we decided to take him to the military hospital. We’re headed there right now!


New Update: Racing to Machalí.

One horse at our temporary shelter has been restless all day, his heartbeat consistently goes up and down. We are all worried about his condition. He has severe burns and we’re considering whether to send him to the military hospital for medical care. We contacted a clinic nearby and the doctors managed to take a blood sample. We raced to Machalí where a clinic has agreed to analyze the blood sample free of charge. The clinic stayed open late so we could get the results that night. We’ll keep you posted on what happens next!

  1. Pedro Sarmiento

    March 10, 2017 - 8:44 pm

    Hermosa labor realizada en beneficio de esos animales dañados por el fuego y otros accidentes.
    Felicitaciones a las personas que conforman IFAW-GAAP y que, realizan tan noble actividad.

    • Guillermo Perez

      May 4, 2017 - 7:48 pm

      Hola tío: Cómo está ud? Muchas gracias por sus saludos. Le hemos estado haciendo seguimiento a los caballos quemados que llevamos a Stgo y aunque la recuperación es lenta, definitvamente se están mejorando. Un fuerte abrazo para ambos.

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