Ban the sale of dogs & cats in Colombian petshops

**Update** Due to the success of Gracie's walk 56/28, we have reduced our Gofundme target from €28,000 to €21,000. The €7,000 raised for 56/28 was transferred directly to our bank account which has been specifically set up just for this campaign. Thank you 

Hello and thank you for reading our campaign to ban or regulate the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores in Colombia. Our names are Keith and Fiona and we are an Irish couple who travelled through Latin America last year backpacking. While on our travels we discovered many street dogs in need of care, which broke our hearts. We arrived in the beautiful country of Colombia in September and we were saddened to discover many dogs and cats were being sold in horrific conditions within pet stores in Bogota. We have been involved with animal charities in Ireland in the past and this animal abuse broke our hearts. We rescued two gorgeous golden retriever puppies who were both extremely sick, suffering from malnutrition and had zero vaccinations. Both our dogs had to be hospitalised such was the neglect and mistreatment they suffered in these pet shops. Sadly our dear Gracie died a few weeks later of parvo virus due to lack of vaccinations which we were promised they had been administered. Gracie’s sister Uimhy now lives a fun, safe and healthy life in Ireland with us. Many of these animals are too young to be away from their mothers, many are too sick to be sold, and many are too big for their confines. These animals are being kept in glass boxes in many cases without food, water or human contact. The practice of selling these pets is already outlawed in many countries worldwide. We are asking the beautiful and friendly people of Colombia to help us outlaw or regulate the sale in Colombia now. These innocent souls deserve to be treated with compassion and kindness and not used purely for profit. We have hired two prominent animal rights lawyers Laura Santacoloma and Mónica Garcia in Bogota to initiate legal proceedings to change these regulations in relation to the sale of dogs and cats in Colombian pet stores. This legal action will take approximately two years to complete at a cost of €28,000. We hope you can support this legal action to make conditions safer for dogs and cats in Colombia. Our aim is to outlaw the sale of dogs and cats in Colombia or at the very least introduce strong regulations. Please find more info on our instagram page @Blanktrails, thank you for reading our campaign. Kindest regards Keith and Fiona


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