Charity of the Month - Sydney Fox and Dingo Rescue

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Meet Esker the Dingo

Handsome, two-year-old Esker was recently surrendered to Sydney Fox and Dingo Rescue by his former owners. At the time the sanctuary was incredibly full, but the moment they saw video of Esker’s leg they knew he needed help.

Esker is a wild-born dingo, he was found as an orphan pup after his parents were killed by hunters in Northern Queensland. For the past two years Esker has been lame, walking on his badly deformed foreleg after unsuccessful surgery for a fractured ulna as a pup. X-rays show that his leg bones are now badly curved and that the original break has never healed, causing arthritis and ongoing pain for Esker that he has had to live with, untreated for the past two years.

Since Esker arrived at the beginning of August the sanctuary’s amazing vet has consulted an orthopaedic surgeon about Esker's leg, and has been advised Esker will need surgery to implant surgical screws and plates to try and mend his broken leg. This will give him a chance at normal movement and reduce his pain.

About Sydney Fox and Dingo Rescue

Sydney Fox and Dingo Rescue is an entirely volunteer-run organisation. They currently provide day-to-day care for 50-70 animals on site at their Southern Highlands Shelter (2.5 hours from Sydney), some are permanent residents, others are waiting to be adopted or undergoing medical care. They are the only dedicated fox rescue centre in Australia and one of the only dingo rescues.

As well as foxes they also assist other persecuted animals that others consider to be "pests" such as rabbits, cats, rats and deer. For 6 years they have provided a safe haven to animals that had nowhere else to turn. They have helped save the lives of over 100 foxes, 80 dingoes, 180 cats, 50 rabbits and many other animals.

Sydney Fox and Dingo Rescue has helped hundreds of families find the perfect animal companion and hundreds of animals recover, heal and learn to love again. They have educated people young and old about animals and the environment and we’ve helped be a voice for animals who didn’t have one of their own.

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  • Felipe Frias