Peluche comes from Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. He was owned by an indigenous family there, who agreed to allow AYUDA (an animal welfare group) to vaccinate and neuter him. He did okay with this family until the cattle flies found his ears. They bit his ears badly and both ears were bloody, inflamed messes. AYUDA took him in again, treated his ears, and returned him. Upon a later home check, Peluche was found to be tied with a wire noose that had cut deeply into his neck, and both his neck and his ears had been ripped open by the cattle flies.

AYUDA took him back, treated his wounds, and once his neck was healed began to look for another family who would take better care of him. After some time when still unsuccessful, they contacted us and asked us to take him and place him.

Peluche arrived with us on July 21, 2013. His ears were still scabby and healing, but otherwise he was a healthy, lovely dog.  He is mid-sized, approximately 35 lbs, white with liver patches and a long, plumy tail. He was between 3 and 4 years old.

He was adopted quickly by a lovely family and flew to San Francisco to join them in August.


We are a small organization dedicated to helping dogs and cats in Antigua. We sterilize, rehabilite and find homes, and work with other rescue groups.