Myth 1: You don’t rehome locally.
We do as much as we can to rehome our doggies locally through Open Days, marketing and outreach, but unfortunately our local area is saturated with dogs! Because we can have up to 60 dogs at any one time, it’s important that they are rehomed as quickly as possible so that they don’t develop behavioral issues at the Rescue Center. We have rehoming partners in Calgary, Vancouver BC, Vancouver Island and Portland. With all of these partners, the dogs go straight to foster parents where they are house trained (if required), and receive the love and affection they need before finding their forever home. All of our rescue partners adhere to the highest standards when it comes to forever home selection. For some dogs they can have up to 50 applications, so it’s a lot of work to do house visits and checks for our rescue partners.
Myth 2: You send your dogs to kill shelters.
We have a no-kill policy at the Cortez Rescue Center unless one of our dogs is beyond help and is in terrible pain. Additionally, we don’t work with shelters and certainly not those who have kill policies. We only work with private rescue groups who help us to rehabilitate and acclimate our doggies to their new surroundings. We once sent two dogs to a rescue group in Portland USA that eventually wanted to euthanize them because they were fighting with one another. We were appalled by this decision and we therefore took them back immediately. We found them a wonderful home outside of Portland where they led happy lives.
Myth 3: You spend all of the money raised from fundraising on flying dogs to the US or Canada so that people can adopt them there.
No. Either direct adopters pay for the kennel space in the hold with an escort, or the money from the rescue partners goes towards the hold cost. We often get kind people who will book a place in the hold for us and pay for it themselves. The fundraising monies we receive go towards all the costs that we incur in trying to treat, rehabilitate and rehome our dogs. Sometimes, our board and lodging bills at Cortez Rescue can be up to $6,000 US per month at peak time! We desperately need donations from others to help us not only rehome but also try and get in front of the issue through EDUCATION (schools projects, leaflet drops and community awareness) and supporting spay and neuter activities locally.
Myth 4: You rehome them to make money.
We charge a rehoming fee of $200 for puppies and $150 for dogs (slightly less for our rescue partners). This doesn’t go very far as we need to cover costs of rehabilitating and treating the dogs at the Cortez Rescue Center. We have medication, vaccination, spay and neuter costs, food and boarding, electric and water bills…the list goes on. Some of our dogs can be with us for up to a year depending on their condition when they arrive.
We will also charge a fee for crates as they are very expensive, and we can’t afford just to give them away. Adopters flying north will also pay for the cost of the dog and kennel in the hold – which has doubled in the past year.
Our re-homing partners will charge an adoption fee in the US and Canada – we have no influence on this. Again, this barely covers their own costs that includes commercial import costs where relevant, food, bedding, toys, additional vet checks on arrival in the country and any medication required.
This is certainly not a money-making enterprise – our volunteers and rescue partners do this because they care about dogs.
Myth 5: You don’t need donations as you have patrons in the USA.
We are very lucky to have a board of dedicated individuals who were committed to getting Cortez Rescue off the ground. However, they are financially unable to cover all the costs that we incur. Sometimes, our board and lodging bills at Cortez Rescue can be up to $6,000 US per month at peak time! We desperately need donations from others to help us not only rehome but also try and get in front of the issue through EDUCATION (schools projects, leaflet drops and community awareness) and supporting spay and neuter activities locally.
Myth 6: You take dogs off the Los Barriles streets that have owners.
The core Cortez Rescue team knows most of the dogs in town. That’s why, if we see a dog that we don’t recognize and it appears to be in ill-health and neglected, we will take it to the Rescue Center until someone claims it.
Occasionally we help to reunite dogs that have been rescued by well-meaning tourists and visitors – not always Cortez Rescue team volunteers.
For example, recently a kind community member rescued a dog that appeared lost and was covered in fleas and malnourished. No one could locate the owner so it was presumed abandoned. After the dog had been cared for & fostered by this experienced community member, finding her a home was next on the list to which others helped with. Cortez became involved and tried to help to make the connection between it’s long lost owner and the dog, as well. After weeks of no luck, a connection was finally made. Everyone was happy that the community had come together to rescue, rehabilitate and reconnect the doggy!
Myth 7: General public donations go towards the Cortez Rescue Director role.
The Cortez Rescue Director job is a 24/7 role. It is unlike any other non-profit job in our region and requires an incredibly dedicated person who is able to give up this much time. For anyone wanting to do the job, it means that they are unable to earn a living through other means because of the demands of the Director role. Therefore, the Board of Cortez Rescue agreed that they would support an allowance to the Director to allow them to do the job properly. The board backs this allowance – it does not take away from the donations that are made by our kind and generous donors.
Myth 8: The dogs just sit at the Rescue Center.
We have a daily schedule for dog walking and socialization. Our dogs get to enjoy time with our band of volunteers who work hard to rehabilitate them. We are extremely grateful for the effort that our wonderful volunteers put in – and the results can be amazing!
We also have professional dog trainers who, from time-to-time, come and advise us on how to train and rehab the doggies. As a result, we have earned a reputation amongst our rescue partners for our excellent preparation of our dogs before they go to their homes.
Myth 9: You’re not an official non-profit.
We are an approved 501 (c) 3 in the state of Washington as well as an official non-profit in the state of Baja California Mexico. Any donations made are therefore tax efficient.
Additionally, we have an accountant and two bookkeepers who are required to file our accounts and activity on a regular basis.
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