Victoria shows us that no matter how much evil lurks in dark corners of the world, people will always come together to right terrible wrongs. Without a network of dedicated people working together, all the incredible work we achieved in 2016 would not be possible. I'm reminded of a quote from Fred Rogers: "When I was a boy and I would see scary things on the news my mother would say 'look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'" SPCA International will always be there to help - not only our staff behind the scenes or on the ground, but our global network of partners and most importantly, you.
As each year comes to a close and I begin to reflect on the work that SPCA International has done, I start by reading my previous annual report letters. It reminds me of how much we have accomplished in just one year. Twelve months is not a long span of time, but for SPCA International it has meant more lives saved, more families reunited and more opportunities to spread our message of kindness to the world.
Thank you for helping. Thank you for caring. Thank you for being a part of our team.
This year in particular, we tackled a truly momentous new challenge in Rio de Janeiro, the host of the 2016 Summer Olympics. SPCAI's goals were lofty; to prevent unnecessary suffering of animals displaced from Olympic building sites and to promote sterilization and adoption ahead of and during the Games. We worked with local organizations on the ground to accomplish that and so much more.
Meredith Ayan, Executive Director
However, in Brazil, the story that grabbed my heart the most is that of Victoria. Victoria is a dog that was found in a trash heap with 13 other victims of unspeakable cruelty. She suffered burns over 30% of her body, and as I looked into her eyes, it was clear that she had lost the will to live. We stepped in to fund all her veterinary care. After her long road to recovery, and TLC from the amazing local veterinary staff, a family in Arizona heard Victoria's story and was deeply moved by her resilience. They adopted her, and now Victoria lives life free of fear and full of love.