Ramblings From The Ranch – January 2023

What does it cost to care for a dog? Oh, not that much. But what about caring for 100 dogs? The expenses faced by The Ranch every month might surprise you.

One hundred dogs eat about 28,000 pesos’ worth of dog food a month. That’s a lot of kibble!

While all that dog chow is expensive, The Ranch’s biggest monthly expenditure is for veterinary care. We have a team of doctors who care for our dogs, many that arrive in very poor condition. The vets examine every dog and we start them on a series of vaccinations. All dogs we accept are sterilized and also receive any care that will make them more adoptable. We have treated dogs for fractures, mange, eye injuries, cancer and a variety of other conditions. Dogs that are flying “up North” also receive a thorough vet check before making their trip. Costs vary greatly depending on current needs, but average about 40,000 pesos per month.

While most of the people involved with The Ranch are volunteers, we do have four reliable and hard-working staff members who work four days a week. These dedicated employees see our dogs every day and quickly realize when a dog isn’t at its best. They also ensure the dogs are up to date on vaccinations, receive medications as needed, and are in a safe environment. And, of course, part of the routine every day is to clean kennels (think wheelbarrows full of dog droppings!), provide fresh water, and feed our residents. Staff salaries are 28,000 pesos per month.

During most of the year, The Ranch cannot generate sufficient water with its well. That requires water trucks to fill the tanks, another 3,200 per month. The Ranch pays monthly rent, as well, at 13,000 per month.

There are also a myriad of other expenses that aren’t as predictable. Dog runs and fencing need routine repair. Things break (water pump, refrigerator) and need to be repaired or replaced.

Some of these funds come from adopters who receive dogs, but most of the money comes from people like you—generous donors who care about our area’s homeless dogs. As you can see, our expenses are well over 100,000 pesos per month. Can you become a monthly donor and help with these expenses? It would sure be a big help. 

You can donate online at https://www.theranchchapala.com/donate. If you need a U.S. tax receipt, you can also donate to The Ranch through the Foundation for Lake Chapala Charities at https://lakechapalacharities.org. You will find us on their website under Animal Welfare organizations. Contact us for more information about donating, adopting, fostering, or volunteering!

For more information about Lake Chapala visit: www.chapala.com

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