See above – Benito’s first night in his foster home and prior to this a picture of him at City Vets.
I wasn’t looking for Benito, but I found him. Among an old burned out fire pit, and strewn in with long incinerated cartons of milk and empty plastic bottles, lay a 5 month old bag of bones. He was still a baby, and just like the burned out remains of rubbish that he laid upon, he had long been forgotten about.The name “Benito” in Spanish, means “blessed”, and this is the perfect way to describe today. Blessed to find him and blessed that he was still alive. Benito is a Whippet, a sighthound breed originating in England. He is gentle by nature. He can be a couch potato, just as much as he can run laps around you. Benito’s recovery will be slow…when found he was curled up into a tight ball with head under chest. Tonight, he is in the same position, happy to sleep in warmth, but also wary of me. Any sudden movement and he’s all ears. As much as I would love to molly-coddle him tonight, for now, I am leaving him to just be. There are hundreds, thousands just like him out there, social media littered with the same stories over and over again, each story just as deserving as the next to get the recognition to express the plight of sighthound breeds. In the 8 hours since he was taken into the care of the Waterford SPCA, he has shown me hands down, that when an animal, in some way, shape or form has been neglected, intentionally or not, they can without fail show a complete stranger, that stranger being me, that they are willing to forgive. We underestimate them, and it is with that that we find ignorance, mistreatment & utter disregard for an animal that shows us they hold some of the most amazing qualities, ones which we should live by ourselves. Respect, loyalty, and very importantly, kindness. If you want to find some of the best attributes man can have, look down at the four legged animal that lies by your feet. He will not suddenly realise overnight that he won’t be neglected ever again, but he will slowly shift into his new life, become accustomed to it, and start to feel better again. As an Animal Welfare Inspector, I see many cases of cruelty, neglect and ill-treatment of animals, but I am fully aware that some of the sighthound breeds in this country draw the short straw time and time again. If I can ask just one thing after you read this post, it is to share it and spread the word that Benito is looking for a new home, and that many of his brothers and sisters around this island are also looking for homes. For now, Benito says goodnight, but he’s already thinking ahead. He has it all planned out. He says thank you for giving him a new life, thank you for giving him a new home, and thank you for the invitation to share the rest of his life with you. Please follow Benito’s progress over the next couple of weeks via the Facebook page, and website. If you would like to express your interest in giving him a home, we couldn’t think of anything more amazing. This can be done through the ISPCA Facebook page & website, or Waterford SPCA Facebook page & website.