Remember we are a 501C3. So you can still give a donation before midnight and get a tax deduction. Here is a rundown on some of the things that a donation would pay for.
$4.00 will deworm 4 puppies, what a difference that can make
$8.00 a vaccine, saves puppies every day
$20.00 pays for one spay or neuter, the math is incredible on how many puppies or kittens one sterilization can prevent from being born
$25.00 buys a bottle of doxycycline with 500 – 100 mg. tabs. This cures ehrlichia which affects almost every dog in Mexico, and it’s also good for respiratory infections. When one pup gets one of those and there are 45 other pups in the rescue, it spreads like crazy.
$25.00 pays for someone to work for seven hours cleaning up after and feeding our pups
$25.00 pays for one soft carrier that one of our pups can ride in to fly to a forever, loving home
$50.00 pays for one medium crate
$100.00 pays for one large crate
Other items that we use every day like:
Metronidazole for Giardia
Creams for skin problems – these are all $20 to $40 a container and we go through them fast. There are many more things of course but I just thought that it would be nice to know where the money goes. Thanks in advance to everyone who helps us help them. Happy New Year.
On the left is Franklin, he’s new, he was hit by a car but is doing much better now, Jeff has even let him sit on the couch. And on the right is Momma Elsa, who was used for breeding, she is so pleased to be here and even gets to sleep on the bed sometimes.
What a magnificent week we’ve had. Bonfil, Cancun, near the airport where the street dog population is heartbreaking. Candi, Isla Animals and Planned Pethood did a 5 day clinic. We spayed and neutered 1,574 cats and dogs. I still can’t believe it. What a team. Everyone from Canada, the USA, different parts of Mexico, and Cuba came together to make this happen. The impact on this area will be incredible.
As usual, we don’t put puppies back in the street so Isla Animals brought home 29 pups. We only took the ones that needed help or were too young to adopt out. The rest were adopted out the last day of the clinic with the help of local animal rescue groups who helped with the clinic.
Do you know how long it takes to vaccinate and deworm that many puppies.
Last weekend I went to an area called the Guatalupana. The government on the island has been absconding with property that belongs to the islanders. So a large group of Islenos squatted on a big piece of property mid island on the Carrabean side. It has been a few years now and they still don’t have water, electricity or sewage. Most of the homes are shacks and many of the homeowners have dug wells or bought large water tanks that sit in their front yards.
Of course there are dogs everywhere and when we have spay and neuter clinics we go there to pick up animals. And when we get donations we go there with de-wormer, collars, vitamins, food and medicine if needed. I would love sometime to be able to vaccinate all the animals but we will need a bigger budget for that as most of our funds go to the sterilization clinics.
The children are wonderful and after many, many visits the people are used to seeing me hang around making a big fuss over their dogs.
We are doing another big spay and neuter clinic in Corales near Rancho Viejo which is next to Cancun. This is our second clinic in this location. Last time we ended up with over fifty puppies. We can put the dogs back on the street but never the puppies. We often re-home the dogs if we can as well. Anyway it has been the worst year for distemper that I’ve ever seen. Unfortunately we lost about 20% of those pups to distemper. It only takes one distemper pup to infect an entire group of un-vaccinated puppies. So this April we’re going to test every puppy that comes in. The tests are two hundred pesos a piece, about eighteen dollars, we want to have seventy five available for that last week of April. I’m asking if any of you can help by buying one or two tests it would make a huge difference. You can donate on our pay pal and make a note that it’s for distemper tests and that’s exactly what it will be used for. This is an extra cost that we didn’t figure into our budget when we were making the original plans.
We’ve had such a bad year with distemper. It’s a horrible virus and hard to spot because all the symptoms could apply to other illnesses. Sadly it’s also terribly contagious and we’ve lost quite a few pups. The good news is that we’ve found a test that I think is very accurate. In fact I haven’t seen a false reading yet. They cost $25.00 a piece but it’s worth every penny. We’re now distemper free and have ordered 30 more tests to stay that way. Every new dog or puppy will be tested before joining our group.
Especially with our new tiny babes who are extra vulnerable.
There are seven pups in the litter, ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh are they cute, they’ve opened their eyes and are starting to move around more. We can already see different personalities coming out. How fun is that.
People often ask me where all my dogs come from, how do I get so many. Well this morning is a good example of just how some dogs come my way. This little fellow was tied to our gate and abandoned some time in the night.
Poor little thing was terrified. We brought him in and he’s playing with the older puppies now. We’ll give him today to get used to the place and then vaccinate and de-worm him. Luckily we’re having a five day spay and neuter clinic on the island starting January 17, he’ll be first in line.
What I mean by ‘better than it used to be’ is——when we first came to the island ten years ago, if someone didn’t want their dog any more they would simply kick the dog out into the street, or take him to the dump or take him to the other end of the island and leave him there. For me, when they tie the dog to our gate it says that they cared enough to abandone the animal where they know he’ll be safe. That has to be an improvement.
We sent out twelve puppies a few weeks ago and we already have twelve more. Unbelievable. The hardest thing is to get just one pup from a litter. Little Scout was brought to us by a teenager who found her at the side of the road. Usually when we get one puppy, the rest of the litter starts to show up but this time we just got Scout which means that she has to spend a few weeks on her own.
Because of the possibility of parvo and distemper we don’t mix litters until we can vaccinate them. So here is little Scout getting special treatment to keep her socialized and happy. This is Irene who comes over a few days a week to help with the puppies. She may be one of the few people on the planet who loves dogs more than I do.