Golden, a 4-year-old male retriever mix, blinded over two years ago in his native Colombia and Reilly, a year-old female terrier mix, both arrived at the Buffalo airport Thursday morning, making them the fifth and sixth abandoned dogs rescued in that South American country and provided homes here.
The two came thanks to Kim Rodeffer, the North Tonawanda woman who operates Little One’s Independent Rescue, a nearly two-year-old domestic animal rescue group, and Maureen Cattieu, the Williamsville native who operates the Cartagana Paws rescue operation in that Columbian city.
“As a disabled dog in Columbia (Golden) would have no chance at all,” Rodeffer said.Found blinded and emaciated on a street in Barranquilla, Colombia over two years ago, he was brought back to health by Cattieu and Dr. Ingrid Hernandez Soto, a Colombian veterinarian, Rodeffer said.
“Golden will be staying with a foster family in Wilson, N.Y., until I return from Colombia and we can assess his possible adoption,” she said.
Reilly was found abandoned in an apartment complex in Turbaco, Colombia several months ago and was treated by Ingrid and Cattieu for what Rodeffer described as a horrible tick infestation and skin problems. Lauren Redpath who works with Rodeffer in her rescue opeation is planning to adopt Reilly.
Cattieu, a Williamsville East High and University of Buffalo graduate founded Cartagena Paws about three years ago, about three years after she moved there to teach first grade at the George Washington School.
Pictures of the three dogs coming to city desk in moments