Remember the story of Louie and Libby finding sanctuary in the Keys after their rescue from a Minnesota fur farm? Well, two more foxes facing death were retrieved from a fur farm and brought back to safe quarters in Key Largo.
Recently, Key Largo resident and animal enthusiast Nicole Navarro traveled to Miami to meet Save A Fox Rescue to get Penny and Jasper. The two foxes were pulled from the fur farm on July 15 by the Minnesota nonprofit, which has saved many foxes facing death. Penny and Jasper returned to Navarro’s residence where her other two foxes, Louie and Libby, reside. She’s not breeding, selling or adopting out the foxes.
“Penny and Jasper were deemed ‘no good’ and were slated to be destroyed because they wouldn’t breed them,” said Navarro, who runs the nonprofit Pawsitive Beginnings Inc. “They are adjusting well and will take food from me already.”
Jasper, the white fox, has a flat foot. Navarro said it stems from poor breeding and trauma from confinement in a small wire cage, which didn’t allow the fox to get adequate exercise. Treatment for flat feet includes medication, splinting of the affected legs or surgery. Navarro said it all depends on the severity of the condition.
Penny, the red fox, appears to be in good health, Navarro said.
The biggest thing people can do to help shut the industry down is to refrain from buying fur, Navarro said. According to Humane Society International, 100 million animals are bred and killed on farms to supply fur not just for coats, but also for jackets, pompoms, shoes, gloves and other accessories.
More information is at Pawsitive Beginnings Inc.’s Facebook page.