Ever since Glen Venezio moved to an island in Puerto Rico, his life has been changed however it’s nothing like what he had anticipated.
Glen, originally from New Jersey and New York City, has been residing in San Juan, Puerto Rico since 2006. He began helping animals on the streets and seashores of the island. It began off as a mission to feed the local strays and help control the feral cat population, however soon it grew to become a lot greater than that.
These animals, who don’t have anything and nobody, found Glen who cares and will not give up on them.
“I started this when I first came to Puerto Rico and noticed the hundreds and lots of of struggling dogs and cats everywhere in the streets
“When you get involved it’s troublesome to close your eyes and ignore the situation. Cats are mostly hated by the native folks, so this isn’t only a ‘TNR challenge’ as it could be in the States, it’s way beyond that, it’s a way of modeling love and compassion for these creatures which might be seen right here as the lowest of the low.”
Glen knew from the start that he had to assist these defenseless animals and supply them a life that they so deserve.
The mission hasn’t been easy for Glen as he hasn’t received much help for what he does and sometimes needs protection for his personal security to be able to continue his rescue efforts.
“I’ve had to call the native police precinct hundreds of times over the years to help me. The anti-cruelty law of Puerto Rico is still in the courts, and the prosecutors and the police are learning how to successfully use it… however little by little things are improving
To Glen, it’s about being present for these animals, going out every night religiously to ensure they’re fed and well on any given day in pouring rain, storms or whatever weather that is thrown at him. Even when he gets sick, he does not miss a day of feeding.
“I’ve not missed a night in over 10 years. My presence has lowered the amount of cruelty done to those particular cats in my area, as a result of the folks know nothing will be tolerated,”
“Also, the main joy that comes from that is seeing that these cats can have some quality of life, can eat and drink water, can receive love and tenderness from me.”
Day by day and evening they awaits their old pal Glen to come with bags food, bottles of water and plenty pets and head scratches.
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