Meet Bolivia’s Canine Savior, Fernando “Ferchy” Kushner

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Meet La Paz, Bolivia’s, canine savior, 45-year-old Fernando “Ferchy” Kushner. Ferchy has made it his life’s mission to assist Bolivia’s homeless canine inhabitants. In 2015, he fashioned the group Alimenta Perritos de la Calle (Feeding Avenue Canine), which has sterilized over 800 canines with the assistance of volunteers and veterinarians.
How Ferchy Helps Bolivia’s Canine
Ferchy’s group feeds almost 1,000 stray canines a day. Pictures ©Alan De Herrera.
Final March I tagged together with Ferchy to fulfill a number of the beloved road canines he’s been serving to. With two giant buckets stuffed with discarded rooster, we set off on foot to feed a number of the almost 1,000 hungry canines he encounters every day. With the assistance of native eating places, Ferchy has created a form of table-scrap recycling program.
Inside a couple of minutes we encountered our first group of canines sleeping in a park. With a comfortable whistle and a loud faucet on his bucket, Ferchy summoned his four-legged pals who ran to us with tails wagging double time. After a spherical of hugs and scratches and some handfuls of rooster tossed on the bottom, Ferchy was shortly on his approach to discover extra mouths to feed. In simply an hour’s stroll, we had fed 34 canines earlier than Ferchy returned to his truck to refill his buckets.
What impressed Ferchy’s work?
“My aim is to finish the stray canine drawback right here in Bolivia,” Ferchy says. Not a simple job. Primarily based on statistics, the homeless canine inhabitants in La Paz alone is a staggering 350,000 canines. What impressed him to begin working with these canines? An sudden furry encounter with a canine named Choco helped form his new life function.
“We made a connection, and I knew he was hungry,” Ferchy says. “I might really feel this canine’s soul, and I knew I wanted to assist him.” Ferchy discovered Choco some meals that day, and their bond was quickly solid. From then on, Ferchy set out every day to fulfill Choco and feed him. Earlier than lengthy, he felt a deep want to begin serving to all canines he encountered.
Spreading the phrase
One in all Bolivia’s road canines. Pictures ©Alan De Herrera.
Social media and schooling are an integral a part of Ferchy’s work. He frequently posts data on Fb about canines obtainable for adoption. As well as, he’s visited over 100 faculties, talking to college students about accountable canine care and possession. Up to now, his group has adopted out over 600 canines in simply three years.
Thumbnail: Pictures ©Alan De Herrera.
In regards to the writer
Alan De Herrera is a journey photojournalist working domestically and internationally specializing in humanitarian, wildlife and canine tales. He lives in Laguna Seaside, California, along with his Cocker Spaniel/Labrador combine, Rio.
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