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A Street Dog in Danger

Benji was going downhill fast as a street dog. He was a stray in the wrong part of town in Nassau, Bahamas. He was missing most of his fur, and he wasn't assertive enough to survive on the street, so he went hungry more often than not. The poor boy was miserable.

Someone posted his photo online, and Steph Hickman and Lissa McComb picked him up and brought him to Dr. Kwesi Smith at Marathon Veterinary Clinic, where he got medical care for the first time in his life. He had a very bad case of Demodex, as well as secondary skin infections, and loads of parasites. He was also painfully shy and afraid of people. Unfortunately, the shelter is way beyond overcrowded, and they've long since run out of places to bring strays.

We agreed to take Benji into FUR, and we originally planned to fly him to Florida along with Buster, our paralyzed dog. We had too many moving parts and we didn't have a foster available at that time. Dr. Smith kept Benji in the vet clinic until he was ready to fly.

Thankfully Erin Connolly offered to foster him. She fostered Spartacus, and we knew she would take great care of Benji. Belinda temp fostered Benji in South Florida, and once again Lissa organized the trip, and Leslie Ventresca and Lindsay Brown tag teamed on the transport.

Thank you Dr. Bissell at Sandbridge Veterinary Center for checking him out and making sure he got off to a good start in Jacksonville. Thank you Erin for fostering him, and Mary Merrill for assisting and providing tech support.

Benji is 5 months old, 27 lbs, sweet, affectionate and already crate trained. He has a very bad case of Demodex. (Demodex is not contagious to people or other dogs).

Benji is a dream of a dog, and everyone who meets him falls in love with him. He'll be a very handsome boy when his hair grows back. Thank you to everyone who helped him. Welcome to FUR, sweet boy!

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𝗙𝗨𝗥 𝗠𝗢𝗡𝗧𝗛𝗟𝗬 𝗚𝗜𝗩𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗣𝗥𝗢𝗚𝗥𝗔𝗠 Sick and injured animals need help fast. Every donation helps, but Monthly donors give us flexibility to respond immediately when there is an emergency. When there is a hoarding case or a hurricane, a dog with a gunshot wound or a cruelty case, we have to act quickly. We don't have time to do a fundraiser, and wait for those funds to get to us. Your monthly donation can help us save lives again and again. To learn more, please visit:

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