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    How my "Aruba Animal Rescue Mission" Went!

    Quite possibly the best trip to Aruba ever! If you are an animal lover and want a 'feel good' moment on your next trip, this is for you!
    We raised a little under $2000 and 2 suitcases full of supplies which was donated between 4 different organizations.

    Day 1: Visited with the animal shelter in the morning, met a couple of other Americans there who were visiting for 3 weeks and volunteering every morning with the shelter. Dropped off supplies and $, lend a hand and hung out with the animals.

    Visited the "Dog Hotel Aruba" similar to any of the boarding facility here in the states. They house adoptable dogs until they find their forever home on top of normal boarding for locals. We even got to meet "Ozzy" who's story went viral a couple of months ago (see here). From here we walked 4 adoptable dogs with the owners of the dog hotel down the beach from the Ritz to Holiday Inn. Along the way we were stopped by tourists and got the chance to explain how simple it is to get these dogs transported back up to the states, and what a problem the overpopulation has become in the island. It was a great way to raise awareness.

    Day 2: Went out very early in the morning with Crijojo Trappers & The Luna Foundation. Crijojo will trap dogs, get them spayed/neutered and medical attention, then release them out into the wild again as there is just not enough fosters, not to mention most of these dogs are very feral and will not fit into a home well. Luna will tag these strays with red collars, this way they cannot be picked up by a government official to be put to sleep, and will go out and feed them occasionally and help them with medical attention. They will also help locals who are not educated enough on how to raise their animals properly. We arrived in Sint Nicolaas to a home with several strays. We had gotten a 'tip' beforehand that there were puppies on site. When asking the owner where the puppies were he only showed us 2, and told us he wanted to 'keep them to protect his property'. I was told this means he would raise them to be violent. My husband and I transported some of the caught strays to the vet when I received photos from the other trappers...7 puppies found in a bush! They were all rescued and are now with Sgt Peppers Friends! The puppies are much easier to adjust and place into homes then the adult feral dogs.

    Day 3: Visited Sgt Peppers Friends new home. They are building quite the sanctuary for these adoptable animals! We again dropped off supplies and donations, helped out, and cuddled some pups. What a wonderful organization they run!

    Day 4: We pick up our very own Cunucu Pup to transport back to the states. Demian Gibbs Photography was nice enough to donate a shoot to us so we got some great pics! See attached for photos from our whole stay!How my "Aruba Animal Rescue Mission" Went!-29315263_3252391903847_4964567682587295744_n.jpgHow my "Aruba Animal Rescue Mission" Went!-29261270_3252840955073_8347096870501220352_n.jpgHow my "Aruba Animal Rescue Mission" Went!-29261732_3252216379459_7592782733651214336_n.jpgHow my "Aruba Animal Rescue Mission" Went!-29258605_3254204669165_3821065595311357952_n.jpgHow my "Aruba Animal Rescue Mission" Went!-29249459_3252353022875_1585040977460985856_n.jpg
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    you are a lovely person...inside and out!



    thank you for all the good that you have done for those that cannot help themselves.

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    Wow! You are truly a wonderful, caring and inspiring person. Thanks so much for what you do and for sharing your results with us here on the forum!

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    How wonderful of you to give your time and energy to help the pups in Aruba!!

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    How awesome! and OMG that baby's eyes are gorgeous!
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    You are doing God's work. Thank you.

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    nice to see you back mark!
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    You are doing God's work. Thank you.

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    WOWOWOW, great job! Now I 100% get why you wanted your dog to travel with you....you are very kind and thoughtful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crdavies View Post
    Quite possibly the best trip to Aruba ever! If you are an animal lover and want a 'feel good' moment on your next trip, this is for you!
    We raised a little under $2000 and 2 suitcases full of supplies which was donated between 4 different organizations.

    Day 1: Visited with the animal shelter in the morning, met a couple of other Americans there who were visiting for 3 weeks and volunteering every morning with the shelter. Dropped of supplies and $, lend a hand and hung out with the animals.

    Visited the "Dog Hotel Aruba" similar to any of the boarding facility here in the states. They house adoptable dogs until they find their forever home on top of normal boarding for locals. We even got to meet "Ozzy" who's story went viral a couple of months ago (see here). From here we walked 4 adoptable dogs with the owners of the dog hotel down the beach from the Ritz to Holiday Inn. Along the way we were stopped by tourists and got the chance to explain how simple it is to get these dogs transported back up to the states, and what a problem the overpopulation has become in the island. It was a great way to raise awareness.

    Day 2: Went out very early in the morning with Crijojo Trappers & The Luna Foundation. Crijojo will trap dogs, get them spayed/neutered and medical attention, then release them out into the wild again as there is just not enough fosters, not to mention most of these dogs are very feral and will not fit into a home well. Luna will tag these strays with red collars, this way they cannot be picked up by a government official to be put to sleep, and will go out and feed them occasionally and help them with medical attention. They will also help locals who are not educated enough on how to raise their animals properly. We arrived in Sint Nicolaas to a home with several strays. We had gotten a 'tip' beforehand that their were puppies on site. When asking the owner where the puppies were he only showed us 2, and told us he wanted to 'keep them to protect his property'. I was told this means he would raise them to be violent. My husband and I transported some of the caught strays to the vet when I received photos from the other trappers...7 puppies found in a bush! They were all rescued and are now with Sgt Peppers Friends! The puppies are much easier to adjust and place into homes then the adult feral dogs.

    Day 3: Visited Sgt Peppers Friends new home. They are building quite the sanctuary for these adoptable animals! We again dropped off supplies and donations, helped out, and cuddled some pups. What a wonderful organization they run!

    Day 4: We pick up our very own Cunucu Pup to transport back to the states. Demian Gibbs Photography was nice enough to donate a shoot to us so we got some great pics! See attached for photos from our whole stay!Click image for larger version. 

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    That is just fantastic.

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    Thank you everyone, we are really enjoying our new addition to the family, a little piece of paradise back in the states!

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