1. Why are you always asking for dog food?
At any given time, there are as many as 350 dogs at Barb’s. It takes 120 pounds of puppy kibble, 200 pounds of adult kibble, 48 cans of wet food, and a large box of dog treats to feed them each day. That works out to 43,800 pounds of puppy chow, 73,000 pounds of adult chow, 17,520 cans of wet food, and 365 boxes of dog treats a year, not including the puppy formula, boxes of rice, and breasts of chicken and vegetables used to care for abandoned puppies too young for kibble.
2. How much does it cost to adopt a dog?
At Barb’s there is never a fee for adoption. Adopted dogs have had their shots and have been spade or neutered. All are fed, housed, and provided medical care and support until adopted. These costs are not passed on, but donations are always welcomed.
3. Is it difficult to take an adopted dog across the border?
Not at all. Barb provides immunization records for all adopted dogs. Immunized dogs can come and go freely across both borders, but, like your own passport, you should always have that proof of immunization available.
4. Why is a monetary donation better than a bag of food?
Barb’s receives discounts from local vendors for food and medication, so we can do more with a dollar. Additionally, at any given time, we will be shorter on some supplies than others. Monetary donations allow us to purchase what we need at that moment.
5. Why is Barb’s particular about the kind of dog food donated?
Dogs get used to what they eat. A change in their diets can create digestive problems, especially with puppies. Finicky eaters may not try something new for several feedings. Consistency is always better, so, if you want to donate food, we prefer Kirkland’s adult kibble, puppy kibble, and high quality canned food found locally at Welton’s or Purina Pedigree adult and puppy kibble from Sam’s Club.
6. Other than food, what else do you need?
We always need gently used bath towels to line the dogs’ beds, crates, and houses. In the winter, baby and small child size blankets and dog sweaters of all sizes are especially appreciated. And, as you might imagine, we go through a lot of paper towels, puppy pads, bleach and antibacterial wipes. We also need volunteers. Puppies need socialization. Dogs need to be fed. Visitors need to be greeted and shown around. And there are always puppies that need to be fostered or socialized through interaction with humans. There is currently a shortage of high quality canned dog food locally. We need adult and puppy canned food for our nursing mommas, pups and adults with issues. The food must be poultry, seafood or vegetable to cross the border, and you are limited to 50 pounds. Lastly, we are physically out of space, which limits the number of dogs we can take into The Rescue. Because we are limited in the number of border crossings we can make, anyone returning to Arizona that has space in their car to deliver one or more dogs to their new owners can help us create space for the many other dogs in need of Barb’s care.