I am Merlin, nice to meet you! I was rescued by volunteer Jeannie Deibel from the main square of Mindelo, upon a telephone call of some people passing by me.
I was dismayed and very heavy for Jeannie. Fortunately somebody stopped by car and took us to the volunteer’s house. I had been washed with crioline, a toxic disinfectant used for cleaning floors.
This is common practice in Cape Verde, to kill ticks, when the dogs are infested. Simabo’s team washed me with soap and warm water and then put me on fluids for a couple of days until I recovered.
When I was up and running again they put me on the street expecting that I go home…. But I didn’t.
And I stayed in front of the shelter’s door for days, until they put me inside again. I won! But Now I need a real home.