Thursday, July 13, 2006

You can make a difference

This week we have had three applications for places at Canaote. The little girl I mentioned in a recent post has a name, Rosita. She should be joining us on Friday or Saturday of this week. We received another call last night about a young male, aged one and a half, who is living with a family in Caracas. He has been neutered. After his enslavement, his only remaining dignity has been taken from him. Another application concerns a little girl who has only one leg, she has been savaged by the owners dog. It seems that the fame of Canaote is spreading and that we are rapidly reaching the point where we will no longer be able to accept new children. Believe me it would break my heart to turn a monkey away. Staffing is not a problem. Space is not a problem. Love and the will are not a problem. Money for constructing the very large enclosures is a big problem. The price of metal, wire and cement is now prohibitive. Food is becoming a problem with the high cost of milk and vegetables in the country as a whole. We have a large program of planting vegetables this season and this should help. But at the end of the day, it is not going to be enough to make it possible to continue to accept more monkeys. We are not too proud to accept help. If you can make any kind of contribution, please e-mail me and we can work on the details. Cash, milk, metal and prayers you can make a difference.

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