Ivanhoe Ardiente is from Davao del Sur in the Philippines. is incredibly challenged by life’s circumstances. He fights an aggressive, disabling and life limiting (to put it mildly) disease-Ivanhoe’s entire spine and hips are fused and calcified as a result of Ankylosing Spondylitis. This causes him constant, debilitating pain.
Carol Trew from Friends for Life got involved when she heard Ivan’s story. She knew someone in the Philippines who lives there now, and this person helped Carol find the nearest vet for Ivan. Ella Caudle from Good Samaritan Animal Society set up a YouCaring account for Ivan, who then made the 80 kilometer trip with Audrey and the puppies.
Ella Caudle has helped Ivan for many years sending him art supplies, where he paints to support himself and his animal rescue friends, plus helps to take care of children in his village. She also assists Ivan in selling his paintings through Ivan’s Hope, a non-profit organization.
Ella Cuadle, Carol and Jan Scere, a well know TNR rescuer in North Carolina, send Ivanhoe supplies for the animals. Dewormers, dog and cat food, treats and other supplies are sent to the Philippines at great expense, along with educational materials for the children.
One shipment included Purina rescue shirts, along with NASCAR shirts and hats for the children. A future shipment will include flea collars for the animals.
Thanks to this team in the United States helping this one man in the Philippines, Audrey and her litter will have access to spay/neuter services, as well as routine veterinary care. One man and his ability to have one dog spayed will improve animal overpopulation just a little.
This is how things must work sometimes. While shelters may promote spay/neuter in massive numbers, what it really comes down to is each taking care of their own.
Each feral colony caretaker having their cats sterilized one cat at a time if need be. Because each spay/neuter will put a dent in the problem of animal overpopulation.
Ivanhoe is doing his part with Audrey. Both in her medical care, as well as teaching the children of his village compassion toward animals.