We have all heard stories of amazing people who follow their life's calling to serve and to help others bringing compassion and healing to the world around them. These are the people who inspire, give us hope and provide proof that there is indeed more good in the world than bad. Dr. Shannon Dawkins is one of those people! Not only does she work to serve our fellow humans, but she works tirelessly and selflessly to provide life-saving care to animals as well! She is the founder of Compassion Copper Canyon (CCC), a not-for-profit that provides free veterinary services to remote villages in the Copper Canyon region of Mexico... where the nearest veterinarian is over EIGHT hours away! Dr. Dawkin's inspiration came to her on a trip to Mexico, many years before veterinary school, where her path crossed with a mange ridden, flea bitten, sad and malnourished tiny puppy who quickly became full of life, full of health and full of love after receiving the care and medical treatment she needed from Dr. Dawkins. Her name was Tiny. Tiny was small in size, but BIG in inspiration with her sweet eyes and gentle soul... many years later, Shannon now a veterinarian, has returned to Mexico to continue to pursue her dream of helping dogs in a region unable to get the care they need and deserve.
Sage, who went from sleeping in a barrel to sleeping in a bed (pictured above) is another incredible rescue story. She was born deep in a gold mine along with her siblings and discovered by some miners while working one day. The puppies were in dangerously poor health when found, filthy, lethargic and way under nourished... who knows how long they would have survived down there if they had not been found when they were. By chance, or maybe by greater divinity, Shannon was in town that day holding a spay and neuter clinic with CCC. The lucky pups were brought to her care and she immediately acted. When she asked the miners what they planned to do with the puppies after receiving their shots, medicines and being spayed and neutered, they told her they had no other choice but to return them to the mines. Shannon was confident she could find homes for them as sending them back to those terribly difficult and unsafe living conditions did not feel satisfactory to her. So, she took every one of them with her from that town on to the next. Sage now resides in upstate NY with a family who dotes after her, and offers her the warmth, love and life that all animals deserve. She is healthy, energetic and full of good spunk! From the gold mines of the earth to the gold mines of their hearts, Sage is a success story that can take place again and again with your help.
Dr. Shannon Dawkins and her team of volunteers have spayed/neutered 544 animals to date and provided veterinary care, deworming, flea and tick medications, surgeries and vaccinations to 381 additional animals. She is a champion to the people of the area who lack the resources for this type of care and, of course, to the animals who are at the mercy of the humans that surround them. There are areas with no electricity where generators and ironing boards are used to perform surgeries, areas that must be hiked into in order to help, situations that are less than ideal to work in, obstacles and more obstacles, yet Shannon and the veterinarians that join her are determined to keep helping. Just $15 will pay for one dog’s surgery and just spaying one female can prevent the reproduction of 2,048 puppies in 5 years. Anything you give today goes directly to support this effort. Donations are not spent on advertisements and bombarding your mailbox and inbox... every cent helps an animal. Every cent helps a community. Every cent is received with gratitude and spent with the passion of one mission... to help save these animals who have no other way. Kuira Ba! Kuira Ba is the traditional greeting of the Raramui people in Mexico, which translates as “we are one." Thank you for embarking on this mission with us... we can accomplish so much together!