Netizens on Wechat help save the life of American stray dog
More than 30 dogs were volunteered as blood donors to help save the life of a pit bull named Caesar, in response to a public appeal from Caesar's master.
Caesar receiving treatment at a pet clinic in Chengdu, in southwest China's Sichuan Province, on January 12, 2018. More than 30 owners have volunteered their dogs to donate blood to save Caesar. [Photo: IC]
According to a report by chengdu.cn, Caesar was a stray found in Los Angeles six months ago by Chinese student Da Kai, who was studying in the United States. Caesar was adopted and taken to Chengdu.
Caesar caught babesiosis, a parasitic disease, when he was enrolled at a dog school. He was hospitalized on January 7, but his life remained in danger as he needed blood transfusions but no matching blood could be found.
A WeChat group called Qili Cat and Dog Alliance, a private animal protection organization, put out a call for help. Thanks to members of the group, Caesar's story spread quickly and eight people brought their dogs to the clinic that night to donate blood for Caesar. Three of the dogs matched Caesar's blood type, and his life was saved.
Over the following few days, more than 30 owners brought their dogs to the clinic so that they could do their part to help with Caesar's recovery. Thanks to the efforts of some hardworking vets and some canine volunteers, Caesar is slowly recovering.