Border Animal Rescue

Lives you saved

From our Holiday Letter, December 2021

     Wow, 2021 has been quite a year! For us, perhaps for you too, for

everyone. It is hard to believe, but Border Animal Rescue rescued and

adopted more than 200 homeless cats and dogs this year. For a small,

foster-based rescue like us, that’s a big number, and it doesn’t even

include the hundreds of cats we brought in for spay/neuter surgery in

our Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program. I think our phone was

literally ringing off the hook all year! Of course, we could not have

done any of this without your support and without the ceaseless

energy of our committed volunteers. I think it’s safe to say we’re a

little tired, and we’ve drained our coffers rather a lot, but we feel, as

always, that it has been well worth it. Our hearts are full.

     We started off the year with a bang when we teamed up with the Cochise County Humane Society, The Parker Project mobile clinic, and the Humane Society of Southern Arizona for some big TNR projects in February and March. In TNR projects, we work with community members to humanely trap outdoor cats, get them spayed/neutered and vaccinated against rabies, then return them to their community where they won’t continue to breed. Together, this team TNR’d 221 cats in four weekends! The need is huge in Cochise County and we hope to get this dream team together again next year. We also conducted our regular TNR program every week, fixing and vaccinating another 300 cats this year.

     We have many stories of our rescues and they almost all start when a compassionate person contacts us about an animal in need. A homeowner in Hereford called when a mother cat who had given birth

on her porch during the monsoons failed to return to her kittens. The

kittens’ body temperatures were cold, and we feared they might not

survive. But thanks to our volunteers’ quick actions (and some all-nighters), these kittens got warmed with bottled kitten milk, a heat lamp, and a heating blanket to give them the chance they needed. They are now adorable fluffballs making all kinds of kitten mischief.


This summer, some folks working on the border found a scared, hungry, skinny, pregnant dog, obviously abandoned, wandering around. The wonderful woman who took in Tess, as she named her, got veterinary care for this mom-to-be with her own funds. She then reached out to us and volunteered to foster the mom and future puppies. A week later, she had a

proud Tess and nine—yes, nine!--pudgy puppies, which she raised and trained until they were adopted into happy forever homes. And Tess? Well, Tess found her forever home right there with her foster mom! (Yes, a “foster failure”…)

Not long ago, we received a plea to help with 20 cats who had been left unattended in a trailer for about three weeks. The owner fell ill and thought she had secured arrangements for the care of her cats, but something went wrong. BAR volunteers found the trailer to be unlivable and the cats in need of food and medical care. We brought ten vulnerable cats (from newborns to seniors) into foster immediately. We continue to feed the remaining cats at the trailer site until we ready a temporary shelter for them and find foster homes. Would you like to help? Please call us or email 

[email protected] if you can foster one or more of these cats.

Meet handsome Sir Lou. In October, we received an urgent call about a young cat that had reportedly been shot. Sir Lou was in dire need of medical attention, as his rear leg was severely injured. BAR got him to a veterinarian who stabilized him and advised the leg should be amputated. Sir Lou had his surgery and is recovering perfectly. Throughout

his ordeal, this kitty was able to purr and ask for lots of cuddles and pets. He has a big personality! You can see a video of lively Lou on our Facebook page. He doesn’t seem to notice he’s missing a leg!

We accomplished an incredible amount this year despite our donation numbers being down

significantly. We were lucky to receive some grants and a few major donations that carried us through.

We hope to start next year on strong footing and hope you will come along with us on this journey!

Border Animal Rescue is a non-profit, all-volunteer group fully supported by grants and donations from

our community. Please help us provide care to animals in need by giving what you can. In addition to

financial support, we are always looking for animal lovers like you to volunteer—to foster, fundraise,

conduct outreach, and more. To get involved, please contact us through our phone, email, or website.

 We appreciate your ongoing help.  To donate online, go to

The CARES Act allows for up to $300 to be deducted from taxable income, or $600 if filing jointly, even if you do not itemize deductions.   And don’t forget Border Animal Rescue in your estate plans, and check if your employer has a matching gift plan.

Thank you for everything you do for the animals!

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