Local and International Rescue Programs
This is a great local project between us at RainCoast Dog Rescue Society and ROAM (Reuniting Owners with Animals Missing). Within this project we spay and neuter, vaccinate, get medical care, and supply all sorts of dog goods to help improve the quality of life for dogs in need here on Southern Vancouver Island. Both organizations are very proud and honoured to be able to help and have such a great program available for dogs and their owners in need.
To help donate to this great program please click the “donate” button on the main website page at raincoastdogrescue.com.
Without you, there is no us.
Thank you kindly from the bottom of our hearts and paws!
This is the Central Acopio Animal Shelter In Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, after we had stepped up with a few other rescue organizations and volunteers to make it our mandate to change the shelter around to become one of, if not the best, government run shelter in PV, Mexico.
As seen in the pictures and descriptions above this post, you can see and read what the conditions used to be like here at the Acopio shelter, before we all stepped up to help, and help we did. We had managed to hire some new staff to help train, clean, walk and feed the dogs daily on a regularly set schedule. We were able to help educate the staff on how to deal with specific dogs behaviours, and how to properly care for each dog and that dogs needs, a lot being medical needs. The biggest and most critical contribution that we all made was to have actual kennels be built to give the dogs a proper place to live and thrive in. To be safe and out of the direct weather, and have some free space to move around in while not being chained up. This was one of the most gratifying feelings to feel and experience for us and the dogs. It has made such a world of difference in their quality of life. We are all very proud of this contribution that was able to happen because of the love and support of donators and animal advocates for this project.
This is the Acopio Animal Shelter in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. This is what the Acopio shelter used to look like before all of us rescue groups and volunteers stepped in to raise money and awareness to transform this shelter into one of the best government owned shelters in Mexico. Most of the dogs were chained to trees with no more than a few feet of slack, forced to live in dirt and maybe use an old, very hot and dirty plastic kennel, if they even had one. Even through the extremely hot summer months and the extremely rainy wet season, they were forced to just endure it all out in the open. Being rarely fed, and when they were fed, it was the wrong food and caused most of the dogs to have allergic reactions. Things needed to drastically change here for the welfare of all the animals being kept here. Something had to be done.
This is the Central Acopio Animal shelter in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. This is where RainCoast Dog Rescue Society first started with our International Rescue Work programs. We are seen here with all sorts of amazing rescue groups, rescuers and volunteers that have made this program such a success at the Central Acopio Animal shelter over the years. This very shelter was once used as a place for the dog meat trade. As well as most of the dogs were chained to the trees with no more than 5-6 feet of slack, left in the dirt with a plastic dog kennel, and very little, if any, shade from the blistering Puerto Vallarta sun. Most of the dogs had infections of some sort, and very little food and water. Some breeds of dogs were avoided most of the time and got very little to no care, because of their breed and some of the workers being afraid of them. Not because the dogs had bad behaviours, but because they were stigmatized by negative information from misinformed people and media.
Then all these amazing people, and more, came in to change all that for the better conditions and treatment of the animals that were kept here.
Such great groups as, Friends of PV, Dog For Life, and us at RainCoast Dog Rescue Society. Along with the amazing Manuel and Mary that come everyday to clean the kennels, feed the dogs, walk the dogs, and train the dogs, while trying to do adoptions as well to good families and people. To Javier the knowledgeable and compassionate Veterinary doctor on hand, and all the awesome volunteers that do so much to help keep this place as one of the best, if not the best, government owned and semi publicly run animal shelter in all of Mexico.
We truly love going to this place to work with such amazing people and animals, to help give them a more comfortable, happier and healthier life. The life they truly deserve.