Help Everest Climb His Way Back to Health!

For: YAP Club for Everest
New York, New York
Organizer: Kimberly Spanjol
$70
of $750 goal.
Raised by 4 donors
9% Complete
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The Story

Everest needs surgery for his broken leg!

YAP kids learned about a beautiful black dog we named Everest living on the streets of Marrakech, Morrocco. He is only about 8 months old. A kind woman, Louise, who lives there is trying to help him.  He was hit by a car  - the driver stopped and said he thought he was a bit of plastic and drove off. The vet has confirmed he has a broken leg. He is a very gentle soul and is used to humans and dogs. He is in a very vulnerable position (walking on three legs).   He has already been a victim to children who were throwing stones at him.  

He is now in a temporary safe space to heal but in need of surgery.  Can you open your heart and help?  YAP kids are starting off the fundraiser by donating $200 of the money they earned selling popcorn.  There are many vulnerable dogs living on the street in Marrakech who need help. Here is a bit more about Everest from Louise:

He settled around a construction site a few streets away from us, I pass the street on the way to the local shop. It seems he would rest in the construction site in the day and in the evening when the men finished work and locked up he would be outside. I began visiting him in the morning with food and water. He would be curled up in a ball trying to stay warm, it's cold here at night in the winter. He always whimpered when I woke him up with food. This is how I came to know Everest! Soon enough he found his way from there to us a few streets away for food and affection. He would play with my dog on walks and the neighbors dog, they especially liked each other.
Unfortunately with no mommy to show them the way of the harsh streets he also ventured around by the shops, which is a busy road with cars, and I saw him and moved him a few times off the road. As you know he's black so ha can be difficult to see!
We are very lucky with the guardians we have around here who keep an eye on any street dog that becomes part of our area and try in their own way to look after them. After one evening and morning of no one seeing Everest we were aware it was unusual and the guardians had asked each other if he had been seen. I went out first thing in the morning to search the area but couldn't find him anywhere. It was then one of the night guardians told us he had seen him the night before run over by a car on the road. It's not usual to see people cry over animals here in Morocco but I wept as the guardian told me. I could only imagine him somewhere alone suffering. So off I went out again to search for him and this time found him eventually at the back of the construction site. It's quite funny really as I'm blonde and foreign, and I was trying to speak to the construction guys in the little Arabic I know. Everest was hiding away at the back of the site and the men didn't even know he was there. He was in a lot of pain and thirsty and hungry but he knew me and let me go to him.
I called the vet, he was X-rayed and vaccinated but the operation was too expensive for us to pay for. The vet told us his broken leg would heal if he could rest. He came back to the area and the guardians set a place for him but he continued to move on his leg and the local kids had been throwing stones at him. Thankfully one of my friends who loves animals and has many street dogs that she really doesn't have the means to keep told me he could rest at her place. She has a holiday place for pets but she has more street dogs in her care than paying customers and even paying customers that have put their dogs with her and never came back for them!! She has huge vet bills for the care of all the street dogs, food etc.
So we took him from the street, I sat in the car with him, he was stressed but a very good boy, and that is where he has been resting since.
He's a very gentle dog, I've never heard him bark once and my friend that has him at her place has said the same. He plays well with other dogs, I am not sure if he's met any children that have been nice to him!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 31, 2016

Posted on May 31, 2016

We were able to send $530 to help Everest and $100 to Jarjeer Mules to help the working animals of Marakech in their care. We hope that we can continue to help Louise as well as Sue from Jarjeer Mules and all the kind and compassionate work they do for the forgotten animals they dedicate their time, energy and finances to. Thank you to both of them and all of you who supported us in our fundraiser.  This is from Louise:
Thank you dearest Kimberly. I can't express my gratitude enough that you and others far away have shown such compassion and generosity for Everest. This money cover his bill and free up financial space for us to help other dogs ??

Posted on May 21, 2016

Posted on May 21, 2016

FINAL FUNDRAISER UPDATE AND LAST CHANCE TO DONATE AND SHARE!

Hi everyone! Everest is doing well and we are so happy and grateful to Louise Kradi and all of the caring people she works with in Marrakech who help the many animals suffering there.  We raised $200 for Everest's medical bills from popcorm sales, $70.00 on you caring, $130.00 from our spring Humane Education and Companion Animal Adoption Event, and generous donors and friends of YAP matched the kid's fundraising efforts with another $130.00 (Thank you Ivy and Lu!).  We didn't meet our $750 goal, but we got to $530.00 for Everest - not bad! 

We will be sending the money to Jarjeer Mules (http://www.jarjeer.org/?page_id=40) who will distribute the money to Louise Kradi for Everest's expenses. As a thank you to Jarjeer Mules and to acknowledge their wonderful work, we will be making an additional donation to them for $100.00, raised by our YAP kid's popcorn sales.  If you would like to help us meet our $750 goal to contribute to Everest's funds, or help the animals at Jarjeer Mules, please consider donating now here or to Jarjeer Mules directly.  More information about them is below.  Thank you so much to everyone who donated, shared and supported our fundraiser and helped our students learn the importance of empathy and compassion for all creatures.
Love,
YAP

Jarjeer is a community set in 6 hectares of land in the foothills of the High Atlas. The Jarjeer project was developed by Charles Hantom and Susan Machin who have developed close links with the village of Oumnas and are committed to preserving the local landscape and the way of life embedded in the strongest Berber traditions.

We care for abused, old and disabled equines, that is what we do! Our team works with local people by offering support not only to equines but also to children and adults who want to learn more of equine care.

Our commitment to our project includes providing services to visitors and holiday makers who want to experience the best of the local culture. You can enjoy the company of our donkeys and mules whilst enjoying drinks and snacks before your journey back to Marrakech. All proceeds from the sale of refreshments goes to the welfare and upkeep of the animals.

Posted on May 8, 2016

Posted on May 8, 2016

The dedicated YAP kids held their annual spring companion animal adoption, humane education and fundraising event today and earned another $130 toward Everest's surgery! Anyone want to match them? : )

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