A Summer to Forget
You have probably heard the old adage, “When it rains, it pours.” And no, we aren’t talking about the yearly monsoon season that always brings complications to the area. This article addresses what has been one of the most challenging of all the summers we have faced. The problems are serious, and while the staff and dedicated volunteers are working tirelessly to address these problems, we come to you now in need of help.
Water shortages, broken air conditioners, problems with our transport van, washing machines on their last leg, or spin as it would be, the intense summer heat in the Sonoran Desert, and the ever-rising number of dogs desperate for our care. Any one of these conditions presents unique challenges. One on top of the other has made 2022 a summer we would like to forget. But sadly, these difficulties are easier to bear than the absence of the one person whose dedication, love and hard work built and maintained this Rescue over the last 20 years. Barb is away from her beloved dogs and is undergoing much needed medical care in the United States.
Like any valuable CEO, Barb knows everything that goes on here. She knows each dog by name and understands the challenges each currently faces. Simply said, Barb is the heart and soul of the Rescue and the author of the Rescue’s mission to save as many of the homeless dogs in Mexico as possible. Literally, thousands of dogs have been saved and placed in forever homes because of her work. Seven days a week, 52 weeks a year, year after year, she has grappled with these kinds of problems and found workable solutions. But now, this unselfish work has taken its toll.
How Can You Help?
As most of you know, Barb’s Dog Rescue is a 501(c)(3) organization recognized in the U.S. That makes all donations you make 100% tax deductible. Whether it’s a cash donation or one to help fill our never-ending need for high quality dog food, dog treats, puppy pads, cleaning supplies, detergent, bleach, or gently used towels, blankets and other dog supplies, this is what allows the Rescue to continue its valuable work. See the information at the end of this column for ways to reach us.
Another constant is the large number of dogs who arrive at the Rescue expecting a litter of pups. Those puppies grow quickly and need socialization. The Rescue is open from 10 am to 2 pm each day, and we love visitors who can provide this service. It may just be the most fun and rewarding thing you do while visiting Mexico.
We always have dogs who have been adopted and simply need a ride back to the U.S. to meet their forever family in various Arizona locations. Barbs provides all paperwork needed for them to cross the border. If you can help, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and put Transport in the subject line.
And finally, if you are a full-time resident of this area, consider becoming a volunteer at the Rescue. There are many ways you can help, and your service will be greatly appreciated.
Oh, and one more thing. We ask that you keep Barb’s health and recovery in your thoughts and prayers. Her dogs are missing her greatly!