Yesterday was one of those days that every animal rescue hates. Sorry to be mean but “stupid people with dogs” break my heart . I had three visit yesterday and each one got more ridiculous. First a very nice woman came to the house to ask me to rescue a eight month old lab that was in a bad situation. Her boss was taking care of it and his landlord said he couldn’t have dogs. This is a pretty average situation except for the fact that the boss sent his employee so that he wouldn’t have to give a donation to the rescue that was going to solve his problem. Okay that one isn’t so monumental.
Next, a woman comes to my house on a brand new motto and asked me if I will take her two pugs. She has had these two pugs, one 3 years old and one seven years old for three years. But now she is going to have a baby so she doesn’t want them anymore. I say, “you can have dogs and a baby at the same time,” and after much back and forth she confesses that they are not house trained. So rather than trying to find out how to house train them it’s much more convenient to dump the poor little things on me in a shelter with 50 other dogs.
Okay this last one takes the cake. A family shows up and rings the bell after I’ve gone to bed, which I admit is earlier than most. Jeff tells them I’ve gone to bed and to come back tomorrow. They ring the bell again. So I go down, worried that it might be an emergency. They have two, three month old puppies stuffed in a very small crate and they say that their landlord (oh those landlords) said they could only have one dog and their one dog had puppies and they can’t keep them. So I look at the mother, she’s filthy and really fat so I ask, “is she pregnant?” Yes they answer. I’m flabbergasted. So as much as I want to get those poor puppies out of that tiny box. I ask them what they are going to do with the new puppies, no answer.
So I look in the box, the puppies in there look like brown street dogs. My guess, they want poodle pups to sell and these two didn’t look like poodles so they were left over.
So I tell them that they can drop the puppies off at the island clinic when they take the mother into be spayed. I will pick them up there. They say, you can’t spay her, she’s pregnant. I say, what are you going to do with more puppies if you can’t keep the two you already have. We go back and forth for quite some time before they leave to go to the clinic to drop off the mother. We shall see, I go back to bed and lie there for hours, so frustrated that I can’t sleep.
I’m just going to add some cute pictures to break up this long frustrating story. As far as the momma dog, when I moved here I would have been opposed to spaying a pregnant dog but after seeing thousands of puppies abused and starving in the streets it hardly bothers me at all.
I received a call from a woman who kept finding a little black dog on the wrong side of the fence around the Selina Grande, which is a small salt water lake in the middle of the island. She told me that every day she would lift the dog over the fence away from the water where he’d be safe. Then the next morning she’d find him back there. Perplexed she asked around looking for the owner. Sadly she found him and the story is that the owner doesn’t want the dog anymore. He put the dog by the water so he was trapped and couldn’t come home again. As sad and awful as that sounds, I’m thrilled it happened because now Toto is here with us and we are going to love him up.
But wait, there’s more, it must be short fuzzy dog week because this morning Tiffany called me to say that the three little dogs that live in the park in front of her house were going to be picked up by the city. The owner of these dogs denied that he was their owner so they were labeled street dogs and that is not a good thing for island dogs. Wow are they beautiful and they haven’t even had a bath yet and yes, these are three different dogs.
Jeff and I just got back to Mexico a few days ago. We’re having a spay and neuter clinic next week and then the normal dog stuff from there. I would like to do a sweep of the island, door to door, working on vaccinations and spaying and neutering. I mean really – we’ve been back two days and we already have a very weak momma with eight pups. Then I got a call about another dog with eight pups and Jeff and I are about to go pick up four. This has to stop. I called my new momma – Momma Rina after the hurricane that wasn’t.
Here is our new mom warming up her pups after their bath this morning, such a good mom. This must be black dog week, out of the thirteen puppies there is only one white one.
We are so looking forward to moving ahead this year. With all the rescue groups and people that we are working with now, we can get more done and we’re hoping that we can get some help with this. Already we have some wonderful monthly donators, and it makes a huge difference.
Butler is an adorable little dog. He came to us when he was about a year old. Someone found him abandoned and sick. Plus he must have been mistreated because he was so afraid of people I had to drag him out of the van that delivered him. So we treated him for ehrlichia and sent him to a quiet foster family where he did really well.
When it was time for the family to leave, Butler came back to us, still shy but workable. He stayed upstairs at the house which really annoyed our dog Sol but he got over it.
I decided that Butler was still too shy to send to a rescue so he stayed with us and he’s still with us. Jeff keeps asking when he’s going to his new home or rescue. Ha ha ha
We just finished our three day mobile clinic on Isla Mujeres. It was great. We set up in central locations in three different neighborhoods. The owners could bring their animals, they could watch, help out, stay with their cats or dogs the entire time. That way it’s an education as well as a sterilization.
We had incredible volunteers, they showed up early and stayed late. The second day we were lucky enough to be in Laura and Alan’s garden for recovery.
The third day we were in the Kiosk in La Gloria, there was a breeze, lots of animals and everything went so well. Thirty nine cats and dogs, lots of producing moms and we can’t wait to do it again.
The last picture is of one of the puppies we picked up at the dump.
This little 5 year or so old poodle was dropped off at our animal clinic in Isla Mujeres. She is one of the skinniest dogs I’ve ever seen. You can’t tell because of her fur but she’s bones. She’s so weak that she can’t walk. But she’s here now and we have her on an IV with fluids and vitamins.
Poor little Beatrice was so dirty that we had to soak her for a while to get some of the matting and filth off of her. She is much happier now. Beatrice is dry and warm and eating specially cooked liver. Let’s hope she gets her strength back. Cross your fingers and toes and I will update on her as often as I can.
Our nights are pretty noisy these days. It’s just the way things are set up and of course the addition of a few hound dogs doesn’t help. The whole thing is a funny chain of events. We have tons of growing puppies in the courtyard of our house which is right below our bedroom. Well these little cuties can’t make it through the night without more food, or more room, or less poop, or more water, they always find some excuse to wake us up at two am each morning.
So I go down to see what’s up. When the lights go on the outside dogs start to bark which wakes up the basset hounds which spreads around the idea that she’s in heat, which gets all the male dogs up. Then the male basset hound gets all annoyed and thinks his girl friend is flirting so he starts to howl and then she beats him up which makes all the dogs go nuts.
Luckily we are having a spay and neuter clinic next week and we will remove all of the body parts that cause these problems.
Yesterday started with a new dog tied to the gate and ended with four other new additions. Mid day we had two basset hounds surrendered to us. Litter mates, a male and a female.
After that a tourist came to the house very upset by the sight of a nursing pit bull half way down the island so we went down to check it out. She was pretty thin and the owners were happy to have some help with her, so we are going back with food and vitamins. We also brought home the last two of her eight puppies. They were crawling with fleas and got an immediate bath.
They felt so much better after a bath and some dinner and looked wonderful.
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.
What could be better than getting a puppy or dog off the street. How can you beat putting meat on a starving animals bones or help out a dog before it’s abused and learns to mistrust humans. It’s the best feeling in the world. Help me prevent another box of unwanted pups being left on a vacant lot. I can do all that and more if I have the funds.
Help us turn this
It’s a great gift idea for the person who has everything. You can buy them a monthly donation to Isla Animals. I will make sure that every penny that you donate is put to work. It’s the most wonderful thing to know that we can count on a certain amount of money coming in each month. It allows me to plan ahead in this work that is other wise, to say the least, financially chaotic.
And if you are looking for something different you can donate a certain amount of spays and neuters in someone’s name. The surgery averages out to $20.00 an animal and it’s the bottom line solution to overpopulation and suffering of animals in Mexico.