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Friday, December 3, 2010

PUNTA BANDA - First Annual CARE

The First Annual CARE (Cantu Animal Rescue Effort) Fundraiser Breakfast is scheduled for Thursday, December 9, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Café Orleans in Ensenada. Breakfast will consist of a variety of pancakes, waffles, and crepes and each breakfast includes juice and coffee. Donations are $7.00 USD each.
There will be a photographer present to take pictures of you and your pet(s) - (yes, pets – on leashes or in carriers - are welcome to attend with their pet parents). There will be vendor booths, an assortment of valuable prizes including a two night stay at the San Nicolas Hotel in Ensenada, and some surprises!!!!!!! Tickets may be obtained at the Café Orleans (Costero Boulevard in Ensenada, across the street from Hospital Velmar) or at CARE House in Cantu, or call 646-154-2962 or 149-0484. Proceeds from the breakfast will be used entirely for animal rescue.
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Cantu Animal Rescue Effort (CARE) consists of a group of concerned Americans and Mexican citizens living in the Punta Banda area (about 1/2 hour south of Ensenada) who recognized a great need for an animal rescue organization in this area in order to help and control rampant reproduction of ‘street’ animals, to provide sterilizations and thereby decrease the number of unwanted puppies and kittens who eventually become ‘street’ animals, and to find loving homes for adoptable animals. All are volunteers and 100% of the donations received are use for the care of rescued animals. This includes their shelter, feeding, medical treatments and adoption expenses.
Under the direction of Norma Hurtado, CARE vaccinates and sterilizes all animals prior to putting them up for adoption, if they are of age. CARE works with some wonderful local veterinarians who donate their time to help and in addition, provide excellent discounts to CARE for their services. This enables CARE to take care of many more animals than would be possible without the cooperation of these veterinarians. CARE is funded through a U.S. organization for 12 free sterilizations per month for ‘street’ animals, but low cost sterilizations are also offered so that as many animals as possible can be sterilized and those who cannot afford to spay or neuter their animals on their own can do so at a reduced cost.
CARE operates a small shelter in Cantu (halfway between Maneadero and Punta Banda). Animals who are rescued are first cleared for contagious diseases and parasites by a veterinarian. Space permitting, the animals are housed at the CARE facility until a home is found for them, either here in Mexico or in the United States and even Canada! CARE provides medical treatments as necessary and no animal is adopted out until they are 100% healthy. CARE members help by providing foster homes when the CARE facility is full.
CARE membership costs 50 pesos per month and there are currently 37 active members, although CARE receives many unsolicited donations both from Mexico and the United States of dog and cat food, blankets, newspapers, etc. All money collected either from memberships or donations go into rescuing and caring for animals.
For additional information or to help in this effort, contact Norma Hurtado at 149-0484 or 646-154-2962 or at carepets.mexico@gmail.com.