We are Beach Dog Rescue of Costa Maya Mexico - a small rescue doing a huge job!
Rescue is hard anywhere. We are doing it in a foreign country, in a different language with limited resources. Four years into running this rescue, it felt like we were making progress.
Then Covid happened. Tourism stopped. Businesses closed. People cannot afford to eat let alone feed their dogs, so they have been abandoning them more than usual. There are no shelters here. Abandoning a dog means people open their gate and let their dog escape, but they don’t let them back in. If the dog is lucky, someone will take pity and feed them. If not, they will die.
Since March, the number of dogs on the street has become breathtakingly painful – even for us. We have sort of gotten used to seeing dogs on the street. Not even we are prepared for the level of sadness we are seeing.
Our rescue is small, and we, like the dogs we save, are struggling to survive. We exist on donations – which have slowed, understandably, since the pandemic started. The terrible irony is that the dogs need us now more than ever.
Every day we are asked to help. Often it's a dog who has been run over or is very sick from being malnourished. Many times, people will find a litter of puppies in a vacant lot crying for their mom. Some dogs are just plain starving.
Here is how we are helping:
We have donated over 15,000 pounds of dog/cat food since the pandemic started.
We sponsor emergency vet care for dogs & cats with and without owners.
We provide temp housing for former street dogs in doggy daycare.
We bring free vet services (spay/neuter, vaccines, wound care etc.) to pets in rural communities. Many animals have never had access to care. To date, we have sterilized over 1300 dogs/cats.
We have turned our home into a dog sanctuary. There are always between 15-30 dogs living with us.
Right now, our most basic service is providing dog food: to pet owners, pet rescuers and homeless animals. We assist so many in the community to feed dogs. Our partners go into the streets and feed homeless animals.
This plea for funding is an emergency. We are not set up to help on this level, but if we stop helping, dogs will go to sleep hungry. If we stop helping, dogs with owners in low income situations will no longer receive critical vet care. If we stop helping, street dogs will continue having babies on the street. It is life or death.
Our fundraising goal is high. But it is realistic, and if we are to continue our work, we need to meet it.
We believe all animals deserve to live with dignity. Our lives are spent in service to that idea, but we can't do it alone.
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We are an IRS registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit org in the US.
Thank you from the heart! xoxo