Ramblings From The Ranch
By Syd Sullins
The more things change the more they stay the same. That really sums up the past eight months at the Ranch.
Gudrun Jones has been the face of the Ranch for 14 years. During this time she worked tirelessly to shelter Lakeside dogs that were most in need and most at risk. Her “spare time” was spent fundraising and serving as an animal advocate. Mexico has a long way to go in addressing animal cruelty and neglect, but it’s because of strong voices and dogged determination like Gudrun’s that change is finally coming.
In February Gudrun was still grieving the loss of her husband when she suffered a fall that kept her bedridden for two months. At this time she asked the animal lovers she knew if someone would step up and attempt to fill her shoes. In the end, Diane Hazen, Leigh Sheardown and I agreed to be the Board members on the AC and oversee management of the Ranch.
While new names appear on the AC and management has changed, most is the same. The Ranch is still a haven for 65-70 dogs. We make every effort to find a safe place for needy dogs, and all our dogs receive as much love and attention as we can give them. Gudrun remains a valued Ranch supporter. The owner of the land housing the Ranch has restated his commitment to us.
And as always what we need most is the support of our community. Our organization is only as strong as the volunteers who help us and those who support us through donations and bequests. Please consider what you can do to help. We find that caring for these wonderful dogs makes us feel truly blessed.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org visit our website at lakesidespayandneutercenter.com.
For more information about Lake Chapala visit: www.chapala.com