“Déjà Vu All Over Again”

The infamous New York Yankees catcher and coach, Yogi Berra, said it. So, if this column looks all too similar to last month’s, it’s because it is being written in early May. And like last month, we still 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.

Like last month, 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. Previously adopted dogs, required to complete all vaccinations and spaying or neutering before leaving us, wait patiently but grow older by the day. The availability of much needed food and supplies remains an unknown. 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 beyond its physical limits, as is our diminished staff. We have over 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. And, now, a pantry that was full in April is nearing a refresh point and hoping Sam’s Club will have received shipments from the States.

What A Difference A Year Makes

In June of 2019, we were talking about the “Great Puppy Explosion.” We had a full staff, active volunteers, and summer tourism. The borders were open, and we were excited about the expansion of our physical compound. We were well on our way to the most adoptions in the history of Barb’s Dog Rescue. To quote a Lesley Gore song title from the Sixties, it was all “Sunshine, Lollipops, and Roses.” How quickly our whole world can change.

At this point, we don’t know when the borders will open or how quickly tourists and volunteers will be able to return. When that happens, please remember the vast number of loving dogs who need your help.  Anything you can spare will be a blessing to Barb’s Dog Rescue. Until then, if you can, please consider making a donation online.

The economic impact on our community has been significant. When the pandemic subsides, there will be many in the Rocky Point community who need your help and support. 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