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We Rescued A Dog With A Hole In Her Head, Treated Her, And Found Her A Loving Home
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We Rescued A Dog With A Hole In Her Head, Treated Her, And Found Her A Loving Home

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Michi may look like a gorgeous, cuddly teddy bear, but she didn’t always look this way. When we found Michi, she was wandering the streets of Bali with a life-threatening and painful head injury.

We knew that she needed to get to a vet ASAP, but when we tried to rescue her, she ran into a drain and buried herself deep inside of it! We waited in the gutter for 3 hours for the rescue crew to arrive. It seemed that the only way to get her out was using hope and a little bit of smoke.

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When we found Michi, she was wandering the streets of Bali with a life-threatening and painful head injury

When she finally arrived at the vet, it turned out the hole in her head was filled with maggots. Perhaps it had been inflicted by a person, or she had been in a fight with another dog—we didn’t know. All we knew was that she needed help.

At Mission Paws’ible, we are really really focused on helping a dog decompress with a safe, quiet and calm place to rest, usually in our personal homes. We start their treatment plan based on their diagnosed issues (such as a skin condition) and ensure they are fed a healthy nutrient-rich raw diet with supplements to boost their immune system. Retaining a strong routine also helps them to understand their new place, such as feeding time, walks or sleep, and helps them to relax. We also find other dogs (that are fully vaccinated and healthy) speed up healing for any suffering severe trauma. When newly rescued dogs see the relationship they have with each other and with humans, the rescue learns and understands how to socialize and trust.

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The vets had to shave off her fur because it was covered in blood, dirt, and bugs

Not a happy dog yet, but slowly on the road to recovery and full health

Alas, after Michi was moved to foster care, she was diagnosed with parvovirus. This virus is highly contagious and spreads through direct contact with an infected dog or by indirect contact. Michi may have contracted it before entering the clinic and the vaccination brought it out, or she caught it in the clinic. This is why safe and secure foster homes are so needed. Thankfully, Michi had age and a good immune system to help fight the virus and survived.

She has flourished into the beautiful Maltese mix she has always been

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The day that Michi met her future mum, Saffron, was heartwarming. Her pawfect match had arrived and had us all in tears! Michi now lives in Bali with Saffron and her other rescue dog, Garscon, and the three of them make a pretty special little family.

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Let us point out that every adopter is thoroughly screened starting with an online application. Once we receive the application, we contact the applicant via phone to finalize more crucial details and gauge their true interest and devotion to a new pet. We require a full house check to be sure the home is fully fenced and secure.

When Saffron drove for 1.5 hours to meet Michi, the connection was instant. As we sat in the clinic where Michi was still healing from parvo, their bond was strong from the get-go. We all cried and I just knew this was the right home for Michi.

Now, she’s living her best life with her mum Saffron and rescue brother Garscon

Michi is enjoying her new life at the beach and her new company

Today, Michi is so loved. This was only possible thanks to the support of the international dog-loving community.

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Michi’s preferred mode of transport

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We want to help more dogs like Michi. This year we will be commencing the development of The Healing Centre, which is a custom-designed doggy dream home for our rescued pets. This means we will be able to save many more animals and help them through their healing to adoption. You can find out more here. Please consider donating to help us achieve this dream and continue rescuing the dogs of Bali.

Mission Paws’ible is a Registered and Tax Deductible Australian Charity working in partnership with Indonesian Yayasan Proyek Peduli and USA 501c3 Registered and Tax Deductible Charity Global Canine Cavalry.

Such a beautiful girl!

Mission Paws’ible was created in 2015 with one mission: to connect like-minded people saving animals’ lives – and so a community was born.

Our mission is to support, educate, inspire and activate individuals to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home animals in need and to, ultimately, stop the suffering, lower euthanasia rates, reduce the dumping and put puppy mills and backyard breeders out of business.

We help many animals on the ground with rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing, plus we share the love by distributing donated food, medicine and financial assistance to trusted individuals who dedicate time to help the homeless.

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We are an Australian, Bali-based dog rescue charity. We create real change for animals in need through rescue, rehabilitation, re-homing, education, activation, and medical and financial support for solo rescuers. We believe every rescue mission is possible when we work together!

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Mission Paws'ible

Mission Paws'ible

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We are an Australian, Bali-based dog rescue charity. We create real change for animals in need through rescue, rehabilitation, re-homing, education, activation, and medical and financial support for solo rescuers. We believe every rescue mission is possible when we work together!

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Hi there! I'm Gabrielė, but you can also catch me responding to Gab, Gabi, Gabert, or Gabe – take your pick. Professionally, I'm the senior community manager over at Bored Panda, helping people share their awesome work and connecting artists with a worldwide audience. Beyond work, you'll catch me traveling, listening to vinyl and diving into movies, art exhibitions, and concerts. I'm a culture buff at heart, always eager to explore and embrace the richness of the human experience.

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Gabrielė Malukaitė

Gabrielė Malukaitė

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Hi there! I'm Gabrielė, but you can also catch me responding to Gab, Gabi, Gabert, or Gabe – take your pick. Professionally, I'm the senior community manager over at Bored Panda, helping people share their awesome work and connecting artists with a worldwide audience. Beyond work, you'll catch me traveling, listening to vinyl and diving into movies, art exhibitions, and concerts. I'm a culture buff at heart, always eager to explore and embrace the richness of the human experience.

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lara
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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Darn, I have have something in my eyes that makes what I am looking at blurry.

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Kzincat
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It’s those sliced onions. They are damaging my eyes, too!!! So happy for this pup to find an amazing home!

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is an amazing story. Loved it. but i just gotta say, i read it 3 times as "We found a dog with a hole in her head, Threatened her, and found her a home.

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lara
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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Darn, I have have something in my eyes that makes what I am looking at blurry.

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Kzincat
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It’s those sliced onions. They are damaging my eyes, too!!! So happy for this pup to find an amazing home!

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BlueRasberry
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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is an amazing story. Loved it. but i just gotta say, i read it 3 times as "We found a dog with a hole in her head, Threatened her, and found her a home.

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