If you are currently visiting our beautiful town by the sea, I don’t have to tell you how wonderful even a brief vacation can be. It can be restorative to the mind, body, and spirit. And if you are my age, that brief respite can be an exhilarating preview into the future. Is another kind of life in another kind of place possible for me? I imagine that is just how some of the dogs at Barb’s are beginning to feel.
With the introduction of this exciting new program, visitors to the Peñasco area now have the opportunity to share their beach vacation with one of the residents of Barb’s Dog Rescue.
Pawsome Getaways has proven to be a terrific experience for all involved. Some of our residents have experienced the pain and dangers of being born or abandoned on the streets. Others have been with us since birth and have only known what it means to live at Barb’s. Getting away from the rescue for a few days has allowed dogs to experience the same joy and excitement that we humans feel on vacation. The staff consistently sees a difference in them when they return; more sociable, more joyful, more aware of the possibilities of another kind of life in another kind of place.
Sometimes this short vacation has ended with adoptions, and that is celebrated. The ability to see how a dog responds to life away from the rescue is just what a family may need to take that step. There is no long-time commitment and sometimes it’s just a few days of fun with a new friend. Either way, the benefits are immense, and we encourage all interested parties to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or come by the Rescue any day between 10 am and 2 pm. It will surely be a getaway to remember!
2022 Was a Record-Breaking Year
We are so grateful for the miracles of 2022. More dogs than ever before came through our doors. A record setting 2,446 were served. They arrived sick, hungry, injured and abused. Many were pregnant or caring for young puppies. No matter their infirmities or condition, Barb only saw souls worth saving. There were many happy adoptions and success stories. If you have supported Barb’s in 2022, here are a few special memories you made possible.
Mila was used as a bait dog to train fighting dogs. They filed down her teeth to prevent her from being able to defend herself. As a result, part of her face was torn off. To say she was extremely fearful of humans would be an understatement. Not long after arriving at Barb’s, a wonderful family adopted Mila and are committed to her rehabilitation. Today Mila is thriving in their care. Amazing as it seems, she has learned the joy of being in the company of humans and other dogs. This was possible because of you!
Sheina, a Great Dane, arrived here weighing just 55 pounds – 75 pounds less than she should have weighed. She was anemic and suffering from tick fever. Her body had shut down and she was no longer eating. Thankfully, Barb was able to nurse her back to health, treat her medical issues, and help her gain much needed weight. When sufficiently recovered, Sheina was transferred to a breed-specific rescue to ensure she got a family who could meet her needs. This was possible because of you!
And finally, longtime residents Mama and Hija have always been extremely fearful of people. They had experienced horrific cruelty earlier in life. Something changed late last year. Now these two have gained enough trust to take a treat from our hands and possibly a brief head rub. Progress… again, possible because of you! Our sincere thanks to all who support Barb’s cause.