link to take you to the SCCC's Facebook page, where you can see a slideshow of all the dogs that have been rescued and rehabilitated there. (The website is under construction, so I'll link to it as soon as I get the go-ahead.) Every dog at the Center has a sad story...the litter of four pups found under a Dumpster...the chocolate lab that had been used for breeding until she was exhausted and the owner stopped feeding her...the mama who delivered a litter of seven and lost them all, partly because of her own serious health issues...the two sisters who spent their puppyhood locked up in a garage...
But their lives are taking a turn for the better now. Since they first began three years ago in a high-overhead storefront location, Kristin and Kiko have found new homes for more than 300 dogs, after medical care, neutering. socialization and training. Now that the community has become more aware of the Center, which relocated to an empty lot a month ago, donations of kibble and treats, towels, blankets, concrete, toys and cash have started trickling in to help support their hard work.
Last Monday we had our first Blessing of the Animals at the Catholic Church, with a surprising turnout: dozens of dogs, one cat and a turtle. In Mexico the Blessing traditionally honors St. Francis and brings farmers with their livestock, a sort of land-based version of the Blessing of the Fishermen. Father Javier seemed a little bemused at the sight of all those gringos with their flock of dogs, but good-naturedly waded out into the crowd with his censer and blessed every one, even a couple that arrived late and had to track him down in his office.
Next we're planning a 5k Walk to get dog owners out into the gorgeous spring weather, and then a concert at a local hotel next to the beach. Our concerns are that during the summer, most of the supporters will be back in the States. Their exodus north will begin before Easter. There are a few Mexicans interested in our cause, but not nearly enough to keep the momentum going until next fall.