Island Dog Rescue is a “pack” comprised entirely of volunteers who are passionate about rescuing dogs. Our mission is to rescue dogs, medically treat, spay/neuter and provide education and resources to significantly reduce the population of homeless dogs in the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
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As cute as the dogs are, we wish there weren’t so many. Too many die from starvation, automobiles and, to put it bluntly, neglect. We believe in addressing an issue at its core and one of those components is spay and neuter. Not only does it stop an unwanted animal population, but it makes for a healthier and happier dog.
All rescues need basic veterinary care but some need more treatment for major injuries. The good news is there are great vets who are reasonably priced. The average cost to get a healthy dog ready for transport to include spay/neuter is about $125. That is not a lot of money when it includes vaccines, deworming (a series), sterilization, and a health certificate. Stateside that could total over $400.
This is key to helping with a solution to the islands problems. With already overwhelming numbers, it is difficult to stay motivated mentally and physically impossible to stay viable if our rescues and shelters can not move the animals they have given so much care to off to a place that use adoptable animals. It is the model they use in the southern states, but more problematic since we are moving them from an island. Fortunately, we have this job down pat and, while a bit more expensive, the low cost medical care helps balance the numbers.
We have built a relationship with our rescue partners in the islands and we work with local government and influential people to engage the community.
We strive to provide information to the communities we serve as well as our adopters and potential adopters. Information related to the welfare of the animals we serve.
As an all volunteer organization, we rely on our supporters to keep going. We have lots of opportunities to get involved!