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Crystal Carson is the cofounder of Rescuers Without Borders, an animal rescue group that helps dogs, not just in the United States, but in other countries as well. They provide funding to feed, transport, board and vet dogs in need and eventually find them loving homes.
They also provide networking through pictures on social media to show the dogs in need in other countries.
Carson has seen her fair share of sad pictures, but when she laid eyes on a photo of Kratos, her heart broke into pieces, as she felt him staring straight into her soul.
Kratos is a Kangal Shepherd dog who was living at a landfill in Corum, Turkey. He was so malnourished that every rib was showing. On top of that, he had bad mange, which left him with no fur.
Sadly, Kratos isn’t the only dog who lives amongst the trash at the Corum landfill. Rescuers Without Borders does everything they can to save as many dogs from there as they can, but of course they don’t all make it.
They try to focus on puppies who don’t have the ability to survive there on their own, as well as older dogs who are in dire need of medical attention.
Kratos, who is estimated to be around eight years old, was definitely the latter.
Carson and her rescue group arrived at the landfill to catch Kratos, which was much easier than they expected. Kratos was so dehydrated and weak that he didn’t even move or try to get away from them. He was also super friendly and loved the attention.
They brought him to the vet where he was treated for mange, dehydration, and an eye infection. Surprisingly, he was otherwise in good health. Rescuers couldn’t believe it, considering how awful he looked.
From there, Kratos went to live at a rescue facility in Bursa, Turkey, where he will stay until Carson could find him a forever home. Ideally, she would like to bring him to the United States, but getting him there has been difficult.
“[Kangal dogs] … are not allowed to be exported,” Carson told The Dodo. “They’re deemed a national treasure in Turkey, which is the irony of all of this. They’re supposed to be the best of the best over there, even though there are tons dying every day in the streets and in the landfills.”
But Carson won’t give up.
In the meantime, Kratos is enjoying his second chance at life and is doing great. His fur is even starting to grow back and he looks and feels so much happier.