A Blanket of Uncertainty

Dark Days in Paradise

It is difficult not to write in dire terms. This column is written in early April, and we have no way of knowing how long the lockdown will last or the impact it and the virus will have on our community. Not knowing is one of the hardest things.

At this point, the impact of the border closing and the statewide 24-hour curfew on Barb’s Dog Rescue brings multiple challenges. We cannot transfer dogs to our rescue networks in the States. We have no access to volunteers, and much of our staff remains sequestered.

Animal control continues to bring us dogs. Our compound is being stretched to its physical limits, as is our diminished staff. By the time this is published, we could have as many as 400 dogs: dogs that must be fed twice a day, dogs that require medication and medical attention, runs and cages that must be cleaned, and bedding that must be laundered. Like caregivers all over the world, the never-ending list of tasks divided by fewer and fewer hands can be daunting.

A Ray of Sunshine

In the midst of all these limitations, the most generous among Barb’s Dog Rescue supporters stepped up once again. Thanks to a matching donation opportunity provided by Jim and Mary Schwebel and John and Michele Freise, we were able to purchase enough dog food to completely fill our pantry prior to the lockdown. Our biggest need now is for volunteers to help care for the dogs and foster pups without moms. We have enough food for the present, but without knowing what the future will bring, we continue to need your support. Hopefully, by the time you read this, the curfew will have lifted, and you will be able to respond as you always have. It seems unlikely that the borders will be open by May, and the economic impact on our community will be significant. When the pandemic subsides, it will surely be all hands-on deck to provide the help and support needed by so many in the Rocky Point community. We keep all of you in our hearts and prayers. Until brighter days return, stay safe.

Please visit us online at http://www.facebook.com/BarbsDogRescue or our website: www.BarbsDogRescue.org or Barb’s Mexico cell: (638) 114-1659    or U.S. cell: (602) 774-1578 Email: barbsdogrescue@gmail.com