Everyone Loves Puppies
It’s true. Who doesn’t love a puppy? They’re soft and fluffy. They’re cute and cuddly. At Barb’s, we love everything about them. In fact, puppies by far make up the largest percentage of the 1,000 dogs placed by Barb each year.
While some puppies arrive at Barb’s along with their mother, many don’t. And that’s where foster home volunteers are essential. These surrogate parents provide the care and nurturing these young puppies need to survive the early weeks without a mother. Like babies, they require a safe, climate-controlled environment and someone to meet their needs for food, care, love and attention. Foster parents take the pups from bottles to solid food. And when it is time for vaccinations, like real parents, they hold them and say “poor sweet baby.”
This is a great opportunity for members of the Rocky Point community to accept one of the most rewarding and enjoyable volunteer jobs Barb’s has to offer. It’s not as time-consuming as you might think. Like newborn babies, they don’t take up much room and sleep most of the time. The love and laughter you receive in return is priceless, and the joy that comes from seeing your foster pup find its forever home is something that can’t be put into words.
This baby’s mother and litter mates did not survive. At two weeks old she needs someone to take the place of her mother and bottle feed her. Barb’s supplies everything you need, bottles, formula, blankets, towels, puppy pads and a kennel. If you think you would like to become a foster home for Barb’s, please contact us at: barbsdogrescue.org
Other Ways to Help
With roughly 350 dogs at the Rescue at any given time, having enough food on hand is the most critical on-going need we have. The supply for this type of food is not always consistent here in town. Right now, we are desperately low on the high-quality canned dog food we use for our nursing mamas, motherless puppies, and the ill or injured dogs. Border requirements state the food must be poultry and contain no meat, meat by-products, or bone meal from any hoofed animal. There is a 50 pound per vehicle limit. Your donation will be greatly appreciated.
There are always lucky dogs who have been adopted and are waiting for transportation to their new homes in Phoenix or Tucson. If you have the room, please consider providing the much-needed service of allowing one of our dogs to ride along with you. You will be provided all the necessary paperwork to cross the border and meet-up with the new owners. Talk about a great way to keep the kids (or you) entertained on the way home! For more information drop by the Rescue between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. (8 miles north of Puerto Peñasco on Highway 8) or email Barb with TRANSPORT in the subject line.
Take a Chance on Chance
Ready to add to your family? Then come by the Rescue and meet Chance. He’s five months old and looking for his forever family. He loves people and other dogs and is ready to learn all the important things you would want to teach him.