Ramblings From The Ranch – March 2024

Since the pandemic ended, adoptions of Mexican dogs in the United States and Canada have slowed to a trickle.  Yet, there are no fewer abandoned dogs in our area. Crowding at The Ranch has been very difficult for dogs and volunteers alike. We have turned away countless puppies and dogs because our facility is over-capacity.

Ranch Board Members are working proactively on several fronts to care for our current dogs and to increase adoptions.

Ranch representatives will now be visiting Lake Chapala Society every FIRST WEDNESDAY, from 10 a.m. to noon. We will bring adoptable dogs and information about how you can adopt, volunteer, foster and donate.  This event is a resumption of the adoption days held at LCS prior to the pandemic.

Our first post-pandemic event in January was quite successful.  Many folks stopped by to pet our gorgeous and well-behaved dogs.  (The dogs especially impressed everyone with their calm in proximity to the LCS resident felines!)  Three adoption day visitors followed up with The Ranch — one adopted, one fostered (and later adopted!) and the third has joined the volunteer ranks.

PLEASE COME VISIT US AT LCS on March 6 or April 3. We’d love to see you and tell you all about our fabulous dogs.

If you have an event where we could showcase our adoptable dogs, please let us know.

Meanwhile, back at The Ranch …. we are working on our fire prevention efforts. As you may remember, The Ranch was evacuated twice last year due to wildfires.  Yes, evacuating 100 dogs is as difficult, chaotic and nightmarish as you might expect.  Additionally, the pipes of The Ranch water system were melted by fire, causing an expensive and time-consuming repair.

We are hoping to raise funds to purchase some basic wildland firefighting equipment, and to increase our ability to remove brush. Dry grass and bushes are the perfect fuel for a wildfire and we have both of those in abundance. We recently met with the local firefighters to learn the best strategies and techniques for minimizing our exposure.

The Ranch could sure use your help right now.  We can use donations, new ways to showcase our great dogs, foster homes, sponsors, adopters, flight angels and volunteers. There are so many ways you can help care for our abandoned dogs. 

You can find out more on our Facebook page or at www.theranchchapala.com.  Or email us at adoptaranchdog@outlook.com.

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

Christina Bennett
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