The story of Dobby the doggo is one that'll really make you feel like the year started off the right way. It showcases how every animal, no matter where and in what condition, deserves care and love and how important working as a team is. It took a lot of people to help Dobby, but it was more than worth it in the end.
From being malnourished and sick into a forever home with an amazing NASA pilot dad who we know will do anything for her, Dobby is now a a happy pupper, and we are happy for her as well as incredibly thankful to everyone who helped her along the way.
Read her story and go through the rollercoaster that it is, and for more heartwarming dog stories, read about a dog who was mistreated for barking learning to bork again.
"I am a pilot with the US Government and was on assignment with NASA flying their P-3 Orion aircraft supporting an air chemistry scientific research project on the small African island of São Tomé and Príncipe. Dobby was a stray dog that had taken up residence in the hangar where we were storing the aircraft.
She is still alive and doesn't die at the end, in case you were wondering."
"When Dobby followed the plane out onto the taxiway one day, the security personnel threatened to shoot Dobby if she went any further. It was time to find a place to relocate Dobby to as our hotel would not allow dogs."
"She is from Portugal and just happened to be on the island volunteering to help get the local goat population healthy. She was AMAZING and coordinated a very logistically challenging effort to get Dobby all the meds that she needed."
into a program called Operation Baghdad Pups. While I did not really fit the requirements for the program, I reached out and they approved my application! The SPCA covered all of the expenses to get Dobby home to me in Florida and took care of all of the very complicated logistics. They were awesome to work with, I would have never been able to do it on my own.
"Nothing like this has ever existed within this community. She ended up creating AMA, the Association of Friends of the Animals of Sao Tome and Principe. Before leaving the island, the whole NASA team chipped in and raised a good chunk of money to get her started."
"If you have the means, please consider donating to Mafalda's non-profit. She created a GoFundMe a little bit ago and it has stalled out way short of what they need. Any little bit helps, and it would mean a lot to me and all the animals of São Tomé and Príncipe."
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