Border Animal Rescue

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From our Holiday Letter, December 2020

Since our inception in 1997, your donations and gifts have allowed Border Animal Rescue to improve the lives of homeless animals across Cochise County. We are so grateful for your support. Some years are tougher than others, and 2020 has been among the toughest. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to economic suffering, and pets have been abandoned or turned over to rescues and shelters in overwhelming numbers. With your help, we have done our best to assist as many animals and people as possible.

Meet Minnow, Guppy, and Sharky, an adorable trio who had a rough start to their little lives. This summer, we received a report of kittens born outdoors to a stray mother who had been missing for about a day. When one of our volunteers responded, she found three very hungry kittens about two days old. After watching and waiting and concluding the mother was not returning, she rescued the kittens. Orphan kittens this tiny are so very vulnerable and require around-the-clock attention. Another BAR volunteer took immediate action and provided them with intense loving care and nourishment. These bottle babies had some touch and go days, but they grew and flourished in their foster home and are now on their way to forever homes.

Many kittens born outdoors, and their parents, are not so lucky—sadly, they become victims to disease, predators, weather, euthanasia by shelters at capacity, or starvation. That is why our Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return (TNR) program for free-roaming (stray and feral) cats is so important. We work with community members to humanely trap outdoor cats, get them spayed/neutered and vaccinated against rabies, then return them to their community. If kittens are found, we take them into our foster homes for socialization and adoption. This year, we have TNR’d approximately 500 cats—can you imagine how many homeless litters this has prevented!

Speaking of homeless litters…early this year, we learned of two dogs and eight puppies abandoned in a rural area of the county. The puppies were less than a week old, with little chance of survival against the many coyotes and occasional mountain lion known to roam the area. Thanks to a network of ready-and-willing volunteers and supporters, we were able to act quickly to bring the dogs and puppies into foster and take care of them until they were ready for adoption.

We also took in Annabelle. This friendly, emaciated, senior cat with matted fur was found abandoned at a local strip mall. This poor kitty happened to walk right up to a BAR member, who immediately took her to one of the veterinarians that supports us. Examination showed that Annabelle had medical problems frequently associated with age—probably the reason she was dumped. Annabelle’s story is bittersweet because she crossed the rainbow bridge this week, but she spent the last months of her life in comfort, surrounded by love in one of our caring foster homes.

Last year, we were able to improve the quality of life for more than 650 animals in Cochise County. In 2020, with the pandemic and a resultant shortfall in donations, we helped fewer animals, but we are optimistic about the future. All this work is made possible by our amazing volunteers and supporters. Border Animal Rescue is a non-profit, all-volunteer group fully supported by grants and donations from our community. We are so lucky to have compassionate supporters who give what they can to help us provide care to animals in need. If you'd like to donate or get involved--fostering, fundraising, conducting outreach, and more--contact us through email, Facebook, or this website.

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