One Year Later: Dog Rescued After Hurricane Maria Is Unrecognizable

Published by Alisa Mullins.

Camo was a sorry sight when Jenny Teed, a member of PETA’s animal rescue team, first saw him at an overcrowded facility in Puerto Rico in the wake of devastating Hurricane Maria. He was painfully thin and anemic, and his body was covered with oozing, bloody sores caused by demodectic mange so severe that one of his eyes was nearly swollen shut.

Even though Camo was so weak that he could barely walk, Jenny could tell right away that he was a fighter. No matter what it took, she was getting him out of there.

White dog with severe mange and swollen eye

Camo was one of nearly a dozen desperately in-need dogs PETA evacuated from Puerto Rico on a chartered flight to our headquarters, the Sam Simon Center in Norfolk, Virginia. The dogs were then divided up among area shelters that we partner with, including the Virginia Beach SPCA, which treated Camo’s mange while Jenny fostered him.

White dog with severe mange standing next to person in scrubs

She was so smitten by his indomitable spirit that she decided to make him a permanent member of her family.

Cute white dog sprawling on couch

In the year since his rescue, Camo has experienced his first snowfall …

Happy white dog playing in snow

… “fostered” a litter of kittens …

White dog licking tabby kitten

… and “adopted” a favorite toy.

Cute happy white dog holding red toy

He’s even developed a bit of a daytime TV habit.

Cute white dog watching video of black dog

Spirited, spunky, and loving life, he’s now a completely different dog.

Handsome white dog with tabby kitten on his back

You can help PETA rescue more dogs like Camo by donating to our Animal Emergency Fund.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind