BRING HOME HERO K9s MITCH AND BOBBY
Detection dog Mitch (and his canine colleague Bobby) have been through hell and back. From being caught in a firefight with the men of the Malian counter poaching unit in September 2017, they then were rotated back to Holland to get ready for their new workplace, the Central African Republic (CAR) where they have been since the beginning of 2019.
Under the guiding eyes of their handlers Freddy and Cyrique, they have been helping intercept the illegal trade of ivory and pangolin scales at traffic stops and by sniffing out weapons. Mitch and Bobbi have enabled the eco-guards to increase their arrest rate which will deter poaching and improve security in the region. True canine heroes!
Shutting down the logistical support of poachers and traffickers is just as important as shutting down the poachers and traffickers themselves.
SAD NEWS – MITCH HAS A TERRIBLE EYE INFECTION
They have both adapted so well to their new environment and home and love the work they do! But very sadly, Mitch has a serious eye infection. The COVID-19 lockdowns have meant it has been impossible for months to get any lab tests done to diagnose the issue. Fortunately, Resi, a veterinarian from Germany on the ground in CAR, has both looked after Mitch as best she can and managed to send samples out to a lab in Germany for testing.
But, the lab results have just returned and the news is not good. We need to get Mitch out of CAR urgently to see a specialist vet in Europe to treat his eyes in order to try to save his sight. There will finally be a flight from Bayanga to Bangui in early August and then an onward international flight to Paris followed by an overland car journey back to Holland. We have also decided to return Bobby to the Netherlands as well for a break, medical check-up and training revision.
HELP BRING MITCH & BOBBY BACK TO HOLLAND
As you can imagine, there will be costs involved to get this done, like transport, accommodation and the biggest one is Mitch’s impending medical treatment.
Chengeta Wildlife has set up an URGENT APPEAL to help bring Mitch and Bobby back to Holland for Mitch to receive sight-saving treatment.
PLEASE SUPPORT THE RETURN OF THESE HERO DOGS WITH A DONATION
We call upon all supporters of Chengeta and your incredible generosity to please help with bringing Mitch and Bobby home and to make sure Mitch gets the best medical attention and treatment he so desperately needs.