Each day, an average of three homeless dogs and cats are saved by RezDawg Rescue because we receive support from people like you. We are ready to make 2019 the best year yet, but we need the operating capital to make it work.
With more than 250,000 dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens filling the animal shelters and areas surrounding the native reservations in New Mexico, our mission at RezDawg Rescue is clear: SAVE. HEAL. ADOPT.
It’s support like yours that have ensured over 8,500 homeless animals got their second chance through RezDawg Rescue at a fulfilling, healthy, and safe life.
With all of the chaos happening in the world every day, we’re grateful for amazing people like you who invest their hard-earned dollars toward saving animals lives — lives like Rosie and her pup Varley.
Rosie was surrendered earlier this year to RezDawg Rescue by her owners at a spay/neuter clinic on the reservation. Upon first glance, it was clear that she had just had puppies and was still nursing. The milk that mama dogs like Rosie produce within the first 24 hours after birth is unlike milk produced later in the cycle as it contains colostrum and antibodies that help fight disease; essentially, the foundation of an immune system.
A few hours later, Rosie’s original owners returned with her five 1-day-old newborn puppies. Unfortunately, her pups were separated from mama’s milk far too soon.
Standard puppy/mother separation is a gradual process that ideally takes place over two months and should not occur during the first days after birth. Since Rosie’s puppies were separated from her just hours after they were born, their health was severely impacted.
As a result, Rosie lost four of her puppies, leaving behind just one, Varley. He, too, incurred major health issues, but luckily, thanks to the dedication of one of our volunteer foster parents, Varley was bottle-fed around the clock while he fought for his life. Meanwhile, Rosie was rushed into emergency surgery to remove an infected uterus and underwent a lifesaving blood transfusion.
Today, we are overcome with emotion for Rosie and Varley, as they have both found loving forever homes, albeit through a challenging and extremely costly journey. And this is just one story of many. With over 52 transports in 2018, maintaining a healthy cash flow for circumstances like Rosie and Varley’s is a constant struggle. Your support helps these stories turn into happy tales — or should we say “tails”…
1. Increase transports to Colorado from biweekly to weekly. Maintain a foster network to rescued dogs and cats, and get animals adopted into loving homes; increase network by 20%.
2. Sterilize over 600 community-owned pets by holding monthly spay and neuter clinics on the Navajo Reservation in Pinehill, NM, sterilizing 50 pets per clinic; increase access to spay/neuter/medical services.
3. Purchase a building in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains to retrofit existing infrastructure into a two-acre sustainable animal welfare center, outfitted with on-site kennel management quarters, solar-powered kennels, and a commitment to hiring American veterans. The center’s goal is to save more animals while reducing overall transport costs. Eventually, the center will offer onsite grooming, behavior, and training programs as well as have horses and chickens to help socialization.
4. Continue to raise awareness about overpopulation and rescue adoption by sharing stories and staying in touch with you on social media, direct email, and our website.
DONATING IS SIMPLE
While some donors give $10, many typically contribute more. At the cost of one large latte at Starbucks or an order of takeout, you could be behind the positive outcomes of dogs like Rosie and Varley as well as cats and kittens — sometimes even a potbelly pig or rabbit — and be instrumental in helping to get them a second chance.
YOUR SUPPORT IS VITAL
Rosie and Varley’s outcome is just one of the thousands that demonstrate the work you directly support. Will you continue to (or start for the first time) saving the Rosie and Varley’s of the world by donating to RezDawg Rescue?
- Angela Cerci, Executive Director