The Reality Facing Homeless Dogs

The dog was sleeping fitfully when the hot August sun began to rise in the sky. Fully awake now, the pain in his stomach became a reminder of the little girl who use to bring him food. Many days ago, the family had all left. This wasn’t unusual, except this time they didn’t return. He nudged the hot metal bowl that held water for him to drink. He found it empty, except for a dusting of sand. Yesterday the pain of hunger had driven him to eat some gravel he found in the yard. Even so, the hunger was still there. He looked around and saw a break in the enclosure and wondered if there might be food somewhere beyond. He had no food. No water. No family. No hope. With no other choice, he squeezed his rapidly shrinking body through the opening and out to the street. He sensed life outside the enclosure was full of danger, but he continued on.

This is just one of the terrible realities our homeless dogs face. Hard times often cause people to make decisions they would not normally want to make. When jobs disappear and family hunger becomes the critical issue, the dogs are often forgotten. This heartbreaking decision could be avoided with a call to Barb’s Dog Rescue.

What Can You Do to Help?

For more than 20 years Barbara Mumaugh has made it her life’s goal to do everything possible to save, provide care for, and ultimately find loving homes for these dogs. With roughly 350 dogs at the Rescue at any given time, Barb’s ability to continue this work depends on the tax-deductible contributions made by fellow dog lovers like you.

Street dogs often arrive at the Rescue is rough shape. Most are unvaccinated, suffer from various injuries or diseases, and are often covered in ticks. Initially, their most critical needs are nutritious food and appropriate medical care for the conditions that often plague them. Donations of food are always a critical need and greatly appreciated. Border requirements state the food brought into Mexico 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. Additionally, there is an immediate need for medication to prevent ticks. All 350+ dogs must be regularly medicated in order for this fight to be successful. Follow this link to make a donation:

(See examples of medications we use below.)

Life on the streets sometimes teaches a dog that humans are to be feared. This fear must be addressed if the dog is to be successfully adopted. Please consider making Barb’s Dog Rescue one of the places you visit while in the area. We are open to visitors between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day. The socialization provided by visitors is crucial to the emotional growth of our dogs, adults and puppies alike. We promise you will gain more than you give through this experience, and if in the process you meet a dog you want to adopt, remember all Rescue residents will be fully vaccinated, spayed, or neutered, and provided with all the paperwork necessary to take them back across the border. There is no charge for adoption, but donations are graciously accepted.  Barb thanks you in advance for your support.

Please visit us online at or our website: or Barb’s Mexico cell: (638) 114-1659 or U.S. cell: (602) 774-1578 Email: