All of Eddy’s rescues are very special to him, but one rescue that Eddy always talks about is Tarzan. Eddy would go out to feed him at nights. For weeks he could never see him, but Eddy knew he was out there in the field, as he could see his eyes at night. Not knowing that Tarzan was injured, Eddy thought Tarzan was just afraid. Slowly in the course of about three weeks, Eddy started working his way towards him, finally being able to see him, and that’s when he noticed Tarzan was injured. He had a broken leg, gashes all over, scars…. it was later that Eddy found out from nearby farmers that Tarzan had been hit by a car. They thought he had died, but he had been hiding in this field for over three weeks. Eddy was finally able to earn Tarzan’s trust and rescue him. He is now living in a wonderful, loving home and his name is now Tank. If it wasn’t for Eddy being out there and not giving up on Tarzan, he would not have survived.
Not all have a happy ending, but Eddy never gives up and never forgets about a dog. One of the hardest and saddest cases Eddy has had to deal with is a three-legged female he has not been able to rescue. During a rescue attempt when he first saw this dog, she jumped in a canal and when she got to the other side she had her leg chewed off by an alligator, which is why she is three-legged. She disappeared and Eddy thought she was dead. About six months later he saw her again, three-legged now and with a litter of six puppies crossing the street…. right in front of Eddy all six of her puppies were hit and killed instantly by a garbage truck. As Eddy watched in disbelief that this had just happened in front of him, she came back, got all six of her puppies and stayed with them for two days… then disappeared again.
She has been out there for about four years now and the closest Eddy has been able to get to her is about 100 yards. Eddy did see her again….left food out for her and he has not seen her again. In the four years she’s been out there she has lost about three litters. Eddy has set up traps for her but she does not fall for them. It’s been four years and every few months she shows up…. Eddy never stops looking for her. He will not give up on her but it’s been hard knowing she’s out there and what she has already gone through… but she is definitely a survivor!
Eddy’s Dogs is a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization committed to the rescue and placement of unwanted or abandoned animals. Based in Florida, Eddy has helped hundreds of dogs by bringing them out of the dangerous areas in the Everglades, vetting, nurturing, rehabilitating and finding them loving forever homes. These are wonderful, loving animals that often only need love, compassion and a little understanding or training to make them an incredibly awesome family member and best friend. Because there are so many abandoned dogs in the Everglades, mostly big dogs, we are limited in how many can be brought in. Therefore, the small dogs, pregnant/with puppies or dogs that are hurt or in immediate danger are brought in first as they will not survive in the wild. Most of the dogs we take in are malnourished, ill, injured or been abused, so you can imagine vet expenses are quite expensive. Eddy tries to vet them himself by giving them de-wormer, flea and tick medication, etc. and trying to keep them as healthy as possible until it’s their turn to be brought in.
Eddy Alvarez has patrolled the edge of the Everglades, Redlands, Homestead area for the past 20 years, feeding abandoned dogs, cats, birds, etc on a daily basis. Eddy feeds at least 50 – 60 dogs on any given day. He has been doing this on his own, most of the time paying for vetting out of his own pocket and getting scraps from restaurants so the dogs would not go hungry. It wasn’t until about two years ago, that while Eddy was feeding the dogs a car stopped to ask what he was doing. At that point Eddy explained to her that he would feed homeless, abandoned dogs daily. This person was Jennifer Bird from Fur Kids in Pennsylvania, and she helped Eddy get some exposure. Eddy does not have too many volunteers, but has managed to save thousands of dogs in the past years with the help of few trusted friends and supporters.
Although he has always had a passion and special connection with animals, it was after Hurricane Andrew that Eddy started feeding and rescuing animals in the Homestead/Redlands/Everglades area on a daily basis. This included dogs, cats, monkeys, birds, horses, pigs and just about any living thing, including humans, that were affected by the hurricane. Since then, Eddy has been nonstop helping all animals in need and feeding and clothing the homeless in that area. Sadly, animals are still dumped on a daily basis.
MOST DIFFICULT RESCUE
A lot of hard work goes into rescuing these babies and putting them into the right homes. Eddy has made this possible and he isn’t stopping now. As many of these fur babies as he has already rescued in the past, he can only look forward to bringing home all the ones that are still out there. This is where he needs your help.
In order to have the space necessary to continue to rescue these fur babies, he is in need of donations from like minded people. Eddy’s Dogs would like to open a SANCTUARY; one that will house up to fifty dogs, fifty cats, horses, birds, reptiles, cows, chickens, goats and more. Eddy Alvarez will donate the land, but will still need funds for infrastructure, permits, plumbing, and electricians, but also architects, and engineers, therefore if you or someone you know would like to offer the services for plans pro bono, please contact Eddy.
Donations of supplies and materials, as well as monetary will also be much appreciated.
Eddy’s Dogs' intentions behind this sanctuary is to be able to have a free-roaming facility in which these fur babies will only be caged in extreme situations. Our doors will be open to all types of animals, as our mission is to rescue and find homes for all those who do not have a place or family to call their own.