It was last Monday, March 18 that I first learned about Lovely Luna. I was intrigued when a local pet store posted on Facebook that a dog named Luna was to arrive in Saratoga Springs, NY that night to settle in with her new family. Where was she coming from? What was her story? I had to find out. There was a link, and with this one click, I was swept up into Luna's journey, life today and the wonderful work of an organization called CANDi (Cats and Dogs International).
Tracey Buyce is a very talented professional photographer in Saratoga Springs. While she and her husband were vacationing in Mexico in 2011, Tracey witnessed, first hand, the countless animals that roam the streets in need of nutrition, medical care and love. She had to help, and returned a few months later to volunteer at one of CANDi's (explained below) spay/ neuter clinics. Soon after, she signed on to become their official photographer. This is how she found Luna. In January of this year, Luna was starving, emaciated and roaming the streets in Mexico. She was in desperate need of a veterinarian and someone to care for her. Tracey convinced Luna's owners to surrender her, and Tracey found her the care she so deserved with a local veterinarian and CANDi.
I had never heard of CANDi until last week, and since then I have been brought to tears with the generous, caring and much needed work this organization does. I have traveled myself to these destinations and seen the loads of dogs and cats that wander around, seemingly homeless and hungry. It broke my heart. I never knew a group was organized and doing something to help. CANDi does just that. They are on a mission to save the animals of Mexico and the Caribbean through controlling animal population, adoption and education. They hold spay and neuter clinics. They find loving and caring homes for animals in need, and the help educate people of this growing problem. CANDi is able to do this life saving work with donations from the public. As little as $25.00 can save a dog's life, but any amount helps. If donating money can't be done, spreading the word about CANDi's work would be much appreciated as well. If you're like me, you may not have ever heard about them. Let's change that!
Luna arrived at Albany International Airport Monday, March 18 around 5:30. Her foster dad from Mexico accompanied her on her trip to her new, excited family. Along with her new family was Tracey Buyce, media and "Luna Lovers" that gathered to welcome Luna home. People had apparently known about Luna and fallen in love with her long before I was aware. I followed Facebook closely that night. I wanted to be up to speed with all of Luna's happenings. It was a beautiful reunion between Tracey and Luna (Video clip HERE). Tracey was the first to greet her. Her new family was next and now consisted of a new mom and dad, 3 human siblings and a canine brother. Luna had a lot to adjust to! Well, I have followed her daily over the past week. She has her own Facebook page so it makes my "Luna stalking" easier ;)! If you're hooked, please follow along too! This is where she has been dubbed "Lovely Luna". I have to say, she is loved beyond belief! Tracey is her Godmommy and dotes on her every chance she gets. She took Luna for ice cream the other day! Luna's mom updated her blog a few days ago and detailed just how Luna had been adjusting to the snow, the kids and her new life. ( Here is her post from January when she decided Luna was meant to be her next furbaby). Luna is doing exceptionally well. To think where this little beauty was just 2 months ago. It just proves what can be done when good, caring people join together with a common purpose.
|Luna's foster dad saying goodbye in Albany (Courtesy of Lovely Luna's Facebook Page)|
|Luna's new mom, Tracey and Luna's foster dad in Albany (Courtesy of Lovely Luna's Facebook Page)|