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Our Winners of My Puerto Rican Rescue Photo Contest

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And the Winners Are …. Thank you to everyone who participated and helped us raise $1280 to help more street animals of Puerto Rico

1st Bert
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First Prize

A custom, one of a kind, Pet Portrait of your submitted photo by Rincon Artist Maureen Schmidt. First prize also includes your pet portrait being featured on the cover of Rincon’s El Coqui Magazine print publication and on their website! El Coqui is a bilingual community publication that focuses on Rincon and Western Puerto Rico, with followers across the island and united states. Maureen Stanton Schmidt comes to Puerto Rico from San Diego, California, she began drawing at an early age and went on to study art at Bay Path College in Longmedow, MA. Her professional background is in design, in addition she has worked in charcoal and collage media.  Since moving to Puerto Rico she has branched out into watercolor and acrylic paintings. Her paintings reflect the vivid colors and natural beauty of this island paradise. Examples of Maureen’s art can be seen here.

2nd Chuletita
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Second Prize

Your pet’s photo will be used in a new marketing campaign by DAR promoting Animal Wellness in Puerto Rico.

3rd Felix
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Third Prize

Your pet’s photo will be DAR photo mascot for one year, representing DAR on Facebook and other social media.

4th Bug
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Fourth Prize

A specialty box of goodies, selected specifically for your winning rescue, from Barkbox delivered to your home !

My Puerto Rican Rescue Photo Contest

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Click on the above photo to Enter the Contest

First Prize (Example Photos Below)

A custom, one of a kind, Pet Portrait of your submitted photo by Rincon Artist Maureen Schmidt. First prize also includes your pet portrait being featured on the cover of Rincon’s El Coqui Magazine print publication and on their website! El Coqui is a bilingual community publication that focuses on Rincon and Western Puerto Rico, with followers across the island and united states. Maureen Stanton Schmidt comes to Puerto Rico from San Diego, California, she began drawing at an early age and went on to study art at Bay Path College in Longmedow, MA. Her professional background is in design, in addition she has worked in charcoal and collage media.  Since moving to Puerto Rico she has branched out into watercolor and acrylic paintings. Her paintings reflect the vivid colors and natural beauty of this island paradise. Examples of Maureen’s art can be seen here.

 

Second Prize

Your pet’s photo will be used in a new marketing campaign by DAR promoting Animal Wellness in Puerto Rico.

Third Prize

Your pet’s photo will be DAR photo mascot for one year, representing DAR on Facebook and other social media.

Fourth Prize

A specialty box of goodies, selected specifically for your winning rescue, from Barkbox delivered to your home !

Rules

  • Animal must be from Puerto Rico
  • Animal does not have to be IN Puerto Rico in the photo you submit
  • Make your Puerto Rican rescue photo stand out by including a Puerto Rico landmark and/or a Puerto Rican ‘item’ / ‘custom’ / ‘culture’
  • For example, your Puerto Rican Rescue with a Medilla (not actually drinking it)
  • For example, your Puerto Rican Rescue at the Cabo Rojo Lighthouse
  • For example, your Puerto Rican Rescue surfing at Domes Beach Rincon
  • For example, your Puerto Rican Rescue enjoying Bomba & Plena
  • 1st place receiving 200 votes or more
  • 2nd place receiving 100 votes or more
  • 3rd place receiving 50 votes or more
Voting ends 3/1/2015 at 10:00:00 PM Eastern Time

Mr Chiwawa

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Mr. Chiwawa was seen roaming the streets of Sandy Beach Rincon Puerto Rico around the last days of October.    At only 4lbs it was tough to imagine how he was surviving the elements on the street alone.   But for a few days he wouldn’t let me catch him – However, on Nov  2nd he did let me catch him.

  • On Nov 3rd the Red Door Boutique offered to take care of Mr. Chiwawa until he finds his forever home.
  • On Nov 4th he was neutered, vaccinated and given a general health check up.
  • He is estimated to be 7 years old in 2014
  • He weighs only 3.8lbs but probably should weigh around 6lbs.
  • His poor condition is due to parasites per the Vet. He is on medication to improve his health
  • Gets alone with all dogs so far
  • Barked at the one cat introduced to
  • Crate Trained
  • Leash Trained
  • House Trained – 90% and hopefully 100% in the next few days
  • Not a big barker so far

He is a great little guy and I’d keep him in a heartbeat if my cat approved … but she does not 🙁  Cynthia Calvin from GoRincon.com

Fisheye View to Help the Animals

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Fisheye View Rincon Vacation Rentals … helping the animals of Puerto Rico ..

Fisheye View is in the process of remodeling and will be selling furnishing & household items with a portion of the proceeds going to help the animals of Puerto Rico via Defensa Animal de Rincon.

The big date of the huge sale is Wednesday Oct. 21st 9am to 3pm at Fisheye View – map coming soon

Items HUGE SALE …  AC unit, ceiling fans, desks, sleeper sofa, patio furniture, end tables, night stands, entertainment center, twin headboard, Queen headboard, kitchen stuff,dishes, mirrors, knick knacks, pictures, rocking chairs, decorative pillows.

 Here is a link to the location via Google maps.

Items of TEASER SALE …. Household Items, Smaller Furnishings, Christmas Items

If you need more specifics or directions please contact Michelle at Fisheye mprothers@gmail.com or CC at darrincon@gmail.com

JIMMI for Adoption

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UPDATE 9/16/14

We just arrived back from the vet. Overall, her health is much better than what you’d expect. Jimmi did very well behaviorally, too; she didn’t even budge at the needles or other instruments that the vet used. Her biggest problem is her malnourishment (obviously), which has led to anemia. She also has a spot of demodex, probably due to her weakened immune system. We got vitamins for the anemia, antibiotics (for her patch of skin infection, maybe from a bite), and injections for parasites that she tested positive for. Jimmi won’t be ready for vaccinations or spaying until she’s put on some more weight (she’s at 27 lbs right now, but I don’t know what her ideal weight is). The vet was a bit shocked at how many blackheads she has on her tummy from being dirty all the time, but those are nothing to worry about. The vet wants to see her again after she’s finished her antibiotics in 10 days. Also, she estimated that she’s 1-1.5 years old.

In terms of her temperament, she’s really showing how good of a dog she is. She responds very well to whatever we say, even if she doesn’t understand the commands. She’s learned to take treats gently from our hands in just these three short days. She also doesn’t mind at all when we mess with her food while she’s eating it. She likes to snuggle, too!

We’re up to $375 on our GoFundMe account for her, but still no place to send her.

Thank you so much for all of your help.

 

ORIGINAL RESCUE POST 9/12/14

JIMMI for Adoption NEW OPEN RESCUE DOG – JIMMI – more photos coming next – please consider working with us to fly Jimmi to the USA (find her a home there) She will get her first Vet visit this week and we will know more on her health. / más fotos próximos próximo – por favor considere trabajar con nosotros para volar Jimmi a los EE.UU. (encontrarle un hogar allí) Ella tendrá su primera Vet visitar esta semana y vamos a saber más sobre su salud.

This little pobrecita wandered up to my door two days ago. I have been calling her Jimmi. She is extremely emaciated and has lots of bad skin patches, including one that looks infected. She is very sweet and follows me and my dog wherever we go. She seems to like swimming! She hangs out on my porch and likes to chew on sticks and fetch after balls (but doesn’t know how to drop them yet). She and my dog are starting to get along and have a little playtime together. I have been feeding her rice and butter to try to fatten her up a bit. She also loves dog treats! I gave her a bath today with flea & tick shampoo. Even though this was not her favorite activity, she still came trotting back up to me expectantly. She seems like a really great dog, but I can’t take on another and am leaving to go back to the States in three weeks. She definitely needs food and medical attention very soon; it doesn’t appear like she’ll last much longer without it. I am happy to care for her while I’m here and take her to the vet, but I cannot afford to pay for it and I need some food for her, too. I live in Bo Rio Grande on the beach in Aguada. My number is 302-465-0783 and my email is easterk@gmail.com. I have more pictures of her, too. I would appreciate any help I can get for this little sweetheart!

Moving Away from Fostering – Moving Towards Open Rescuing

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Defensa Open Rescue Program

Replacing Defensa Foster Program

As Defensa Animal de Rincon continues to evolve, we will use our experiences to forge a more efficient organization.  To that end, Defensa will NOT be continuing a Foster Program where you keep an animal with obligations to Defensa and vice versa.

We will be creating an Open Rescue Program – Where Defensa pays for initial Vet services and helps THE RESCUER market  a rescued Street Animal for Adoption and/or helps the Rescuer with whatever they may need for the animal ; but Defensa will not have any strict obligations to the animal or Rescuer.  In exchange, the Rescuer does not have to collect an adoption fee or adhere to any Defensa rules.

Defensa  will continue with the multiple adoption site listings  and the Facebook page as well as staffing our  table at the Rincon Farmer’s Market on Sundays (where rescuers and potential adoptive owners can meet).

We would like to see each Open Rescuer do everything possible to get donations for Defensa should they use the Open Rescue Program – but it will not be a requirement.  That said, we won’t continue to work with the same Open Rescuer if they repeatedly use Defensa finances without attempting to help Defensa find donations or assist in marketing their animals.

Why No Foster Program

Because the Foster Program limits rescuers on adoption options and requires excessive  management without any added benefit.

How The Open Rescue Program works

  1. You find a STREET ANIMAL IN NEED
  2. You MUST post a detailed story with what help you are looking for,  multiple photos, your phone/email and exact location of the animal to the Defensa Animal de Rincon Facebook page.
  3. If you don’t find the help you and the animal need, email darrincon@gmail.com and reference the Defensa Facebook wall post you made – tell us you want to participate in the Defensa Open Rescue Program – and we will go from there.

As long as Defensa has the funds in the bank, we will pay for the following

  1. Spay/Neuter
  2. 4dx test (no treatment – but we will work to raise funds to treat, normally $100 in meds for any positive on the test)
  3. Vaccinations / Rabies – age specific at time of initial visit
  4. 1 Dose de-tick/flea
  5. 1 Dose heartguard
  6. De worm
  7. Skin scrapping if required

Note: Injured street animals will be dealt with on a case by case basis – Normally there will be a  $100 maximum on the first visit. It  is financially irresponsible of Defensa to spend more – however, we will help raise funds should the rescuer want to spend more and try to recoup their money spent.

Our goal is to help more people help more street animals of Puerto Rico.   If you have ideas or help to offer we’d love to hear them!

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Without a Foster Home Rosie will not make it – ROSIE HAS A HOME FOR NOW

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update 8/29/14 Rosie is in a temporary home – WE WILL post new blogs and updates on our Facebook page.

Rosie still needs donations for medicine to treat her skin condition and please tell your animal loving friends about Rosie because she will need a Home of her Own soon!

 

ORIGINAL POST – 8/27/14

Rosie was seen by Miradero Clinic today and she is diagnosed with a secondary skin infection.

The Clinic can not treat this condition within their kenneling facility so if Rosie doesn’t get a local foster by 3pm Thursday August 28th we will have to put her down.  Because we have no where to put Rosie and leaving her to suffer on the streets is not acceptable.

Rosie’s age is hard to determine because of her horrible skin condition.  She is probably only a few years old.  She weights 25lbs and is probably not spayed but we do not know.  She is by all reports, “friendly”.

The Vet says her skin infection is very uncomfortable but not contagious – it is secondary to some allergy most likely.

If you’d like to know more or speak to the Vet please call Miradero Clinic at 787-834-6050.   If you’d like to care for Rosie please email darrincon@gmail.com and we will do everything possible to help.

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River – Almost to his Forever Home – Casi a su hogar del Forever

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River has a home in San Francisco but he just needs a few more dollars to get there.

 The flight from BQN Aguadilla to San Fran will be $300

The crate about $100

The travel doc about $25

His adoption fee $150

But understandably his adopter can only afford $250

If you’d like to help get River to his forever home please make a donation from paypal to darrincon@gmail.com – send a check made out to DAR to HC1 Buzon 4749 Rincon PR or use our form on our Donation Page –

River’s Rescue Story

He’s a big cuddler, and very calm for his age.
We saw him on three different occasions around Rincon wondering the streets digging through garbage for scraps. We approached him and he was very excited about the attention and affection and gave it right back, to us and our two dogs!  He looks like a young golden retriever, but he is full grown at 32lbs. He has the skinny “lanky” body of a husky, with the color and personality of a golden. With his adorable puppy face, big floppy ears, and sweet demeanor we knew we could get him adopted right away. Its hard to tell if he was born a sato or had been in a home previously. He was miraculously pretty well house trained right off the bat, does well in a crate, takes food gently, stays close off leash, and has never chewed anything. Still working on recognizing his name and what we want him to do when we call him, but he’s improving every day. He’s also learning a lot from our other dogs, he can already sit! He has a bit of an issue with a stray male dog (who is not sterilized) in our neighborhood, but has been great with every other dog we’ve come across, including his 60lb foster brother and 30lb foster sister at home. Now that he’s been sterilized his attitude towards the stray may change. All in all River is a great young dog with so much potential. His attitude and personality are incredible, once he learns how to be a companion and what’s expected of him as a family member he’ll be even more of a dream. He would do good with a family or an active couple. He loves to be outside and run and play with you, but also doesn’t mind lounging on the couch watching movies all day with his legs up in the air. You wont regret meeting his kind young spirit.

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Profit and Loss 2014 Year to Date | DAR Rincon Animal Rescue Group

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As of this blog, Defensa Animal de Rincon / DAR, has touched the lives of 106 animals (dogs,cats & horses). We do that as a community and team effort. Thank you for helping!

DAR is currently helping to expose 25 of our rescued animals from all over Puerto Rico for adoption – some are being fostered in Puerto Rico and some have been flown to Kazoodles Pet Boutique in Jenkintown PA.   

DAR pays all the travel expenses to Kazoodles in hopes to improve their chances for finding forever homes.   You can help by simply spreading the word about what we do – via our Facebook Page and/or Our Blog Page.   If you’d like to foster an animal or donate money to help, we of course would be very grateful.  

Going forward DAR will continue to exposure our rescued adoptable animals on several well known adoption sites, such as PetFinder, AdoptAPet & AllPaws – Moving away from our current local Adopt Page, for greater exposure and better management of adoptable animals.

Here you can see where your money goes…..

Defensa Animal de Rincon
Profit and Loss
Year to Date 2014
Income
  Donations $22,936.54
 
  TOTAL INCOME $22,936.54
 
 
Expenses
  Bank/Accounting Fees $546.95
  Animal Food/Supplies $790.85
  Veterinarian Services $14,890.18
  Animal Travel $7,347.27
  Labor Foster Home $216.00
 
  TOTAL EXPENSES $23,791.25
 
Net   -$854.71
     

Newsletter July 2014

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When you Adopt you save that Animal’s Life and you make room to save another Animal’s Life.  DARRincon.org/Adopt
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DAR’s Mission is to Help Animals (Dogs, Cats & Horses) in and around Western Puerto Rico | To Spay/Neuter, Vaccinate, Address the Health of and Find Homes for the Street Animals | To Work With and Identify Veterinarians throughout Puerto Rico willing to offer Discounted Spay/Neuter services for Owned Animals

67 Animals Adopted! Help Us Help More!

By sharing this email with your friends you may help find another sweet animal their forever home!.
Our animals can fly to you in the USA or Canada.
Rescuing dogs like Fritzy & Lobo (both below) from the streets of Puerto Rico requires money – Please consider joining our DAR Sponsor Club – Where for as little as $5 a month, you will be part of these happy endings!!!   For one time only donations you can paypal directly to darrincon@gmail.com or use or Donate Page form.
Lobo  (below) is in foster care now!
Thanks to everyone who helps dogs like these everywhere!
Foster homes are critical and you can foster from Puerto Rico or the States – See ourFoster Page to consider fostering and helping to give a dog like Lobo a chance at a forever good life!
Above is just a sample of our animals as seen on AdoptAPet.com – You can view more photos, videos and information of each adoptable animal by visiting our DAR Adopt Page or by entering the animal’s name in your browser’s URL as follows – darrincon.org/<animals name>.  For example, “Roxy” shown above darrincon.org/roxy in your browser’s URL and you will be taken directly to Roxy’s Adopt Page on the DAR Website.   Once an animal is adopted their page is removed.  If you are having trouble please email us we are happy to help!  darrincon@gmail.com

Our adoptable animals are now listed on many other sites – For example, PetFinder.com,  AdoptAPet.com/Dog.com,  PetSmartCharities.org, AnimalArkShelter.org, ASPCA & TheRightDog4Me.com

Unfortunately, the FREE sterilization clinic sponsored by Zeuterin and DAR to be held on August 23rd is CANCELED! Our passion is to promote and implement island-wide sterilization in its most cost-effective and safe manner; however, until we have further interested vet/vet techs, our vision is not possible. We apologize and hopefully in the near future we can bring Zeuterin to Puerto Rico. Please share!! Get involved and promote Zeutern!!  If you know a Vet or Vet Clinic willing to work with DAR and Zeuterin please email us at darrincon@gmail.com – We aren’t giving up – We just need Vet or Vet Clinic assistance to make this happen!
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