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A Dying Puppy’s Rags to Riches Story

January 8, 2019 by Leave a Comment


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While driving through a remote village in Liberia in November, 2016, Jenny Desmond, who runs a nearby chimpanzee sanctuary, saw a dying puppy lying on the side of the road. After confiscating the dog, who she named Snafu, she brought him home in an effort to save his life.

According to Jenny’s husband, Jim, who is one of two veterinarians working in Liberia, Snafu was digesting his own muscle and near death. TheirTurn, who was in Liberia documenting the Desmonds’ chimpanzee rescue and conservation efforts, captured Snafu’s rescue and his extraordinary journey from rags to riches.

After saving Snafu’s life, Jenny and Jim Desmond brought him to Colorado to live with Jenny’s sister and her family.

The Desmonds moved to Liberia in 2015 to oversee the care of 66 former research chimpanzees who had been abandoned by the New York Blood Center on six islands on a river about 1.5 hours outside of Monrovia, the country’s capital. Shortly after the Desmond’s arrival, forestry authorities began bringing them baby chimpanzees who they seized from poachers attempting to sell them as pets on the black market. With 35 chimpanzees in their care, the Desmonds are racing against time to build sanctuary in the forest that can house rescued chimpanzees and serve as a conservation center to help protect Liberia’s remaining wild chimpanzees in their forest home.

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For more information and to see how you can help, please visit Liberia Chimpanzee Rescue & Protection.



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  1. Jenny says:

    Thank you so much! <3 Jenny (LCRP)

  2. Elinor Hawke-Szady says:

    So encouraging to know that there are people out there who CARE about animals this much. We all should. God Bless the Desmonds for rescuing this poor puppy and transforming him.

  3. Linda Arnone says:

    I am crying. Bless the Desmond’s for all they do. Thank goodness that poor baby, Snafu, is now happy and healthy and has such a wonderful family-both two-legged and four legged! And it was incredible, wonderful, funny to see the baby chimp carry Snafu down the stairs! ❤️❤️

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