Meet the “Mother Teresa of Mutts,” whose no-kill sanctuary nurtures 900 stray dogs



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Source: Andrew George

Battle, known as “The Mother Teresa of Mutts,” also makes sure to name each and every one of her dogs. So, even if the dog is never adopted, it still feels special and loved.

“In Territorio, every dog has a name, a second chance and everything we can manage to provide for them. The only thing we refuse to give them is an expiration date,” Battle said.

Her journey, however, hasn’t always been easy.

“We have struggled daily against naysayers, haters, near-sighted government officials and ministries, terrible shortages and daily challenges of our own,” Battle said.


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But no matter how tough it gets, Battle says it’s always worth it.

“If a couple of ordinary people like us were able to do this for so long with no help from the authorities, without anything but their own jobs, their dwindling assets and a lot of stubborn determination and love, then big government budgets in other countries could do the same,” she said. “But shelters are not the solution — they are the reflection of our crumbling society. If we want to solve the problem, we have to stop buying from backyard breeders and demand our governments assign a portion of taxes to spaying and neutering all dogs and cats.”

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