Get the latest and most informative news on new creatures from our animal club. Recently, Natalie Olivieri, a seasoned dog rescuer, found Harpe, a dog who had suffered immense abuse and was extremely scared. Redlands, also known as Redland, is where the discovery of Harper took place. Olivieri, who serves as vice president of Furever Bully Love Rescue, discovered Harper in this region. Dogs are often dumped in this area without any regard for their well-being.
The Redland Rock Pit Abandoned Dog Project is another charity that helps stray dogs in Redlands by providing them with food on a daily basis. Jessie Pena, who serves as vice president of the group, disclosed that they use approximately 350 pounds of kibble to feed around 100 dogs. Despite their efforts, there are still a lot of dogs that need assistance and care.
Pena reported that there is a sizeable population of dogs in our area, but due to the vastness of Redland Island, our coverage is limited. In February last year, Furever Bully Love Rescue and Redland Rock Pit collaborated to raise funds for both children’s food and support for dogs living in the town. Olivieri and three other volunteers from Furever Bully Love Rescue traveled to Redlands to meet with volunteers from the other organization.
Olivieri had a remarkable experience recently. He shared that they arrived at a remote location that they would have never found without assistance. Redland Rock Pit volunteers set up tables and began serving, and that’s when some dogs started to appear. It was then that they met Harper, a hound mix that had been living in the field for around five months, and whom volunteers had seen on previous visits to Redlands.
Upon Harper’s arrival, Olivieri noticed that she was accompanied by five other dogs, and her presence made the other dogs terrified, causing them to fall asleep. Harper had scars on her head and back and was extremely fearful of humans. Olivieri suspected that Harper had been mistreated and neglected, so leaving her behind was not an option. Even though the rescuers were able to put a rope around Harper’s neck, she refused to move when they tried to return to the truck. Olivieri stated, “We had to get Harper.” When Olivieri and the other volunteers from Furever Bully Love Rescue returned to Orlando, Harper and two other Redlands dogs were taken to a veterinarian for a thorough examination. Harper was treated for anemia, worms, and a dental infection, but her psychological trauma would take a long time to heal.
Furever Bully Love Rescue’s President, Jennifer Adorno, has stated that she has never experienced a dog clinging to her so tightly. However, it is difficult to determine if this behavior is due to a feeling of comfort or fear, given the conditioned status of these dogs. One of Furever Bully Love Rescue’s latest rescues, Harper, has been placed in foster care with Cheryl Kessler, who has already noticed remarkable positive changes in Harper’s behavior. Kessler shared that Harper now runs around outside and behaves like any other dog, which is a delightful sight to witness. In approximately five months, Harper and other homeless dogs will be available for adoption on the Redand Rock Pit Abandoned Dog Project website. If you’re interested in adopting Harper or another rescue dog, please check their website.