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Cash and Folsom

From our Holiday Letter, December 2022

             Dear Friend of Border Animal Rescue,

   We say this every year, but 2022 sure has been busy! With your help, we’ve rescued, spayed/neutered, and adopted out more than 154 homeless cats and dogs; and we’ve spayed and neutered another 258 cats and dogs in our Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and low-cost spay/neuter programs. And we will do even more before the year ends! We’re proud to help families all over Cochise County to afford spay/neuter for their beloved pets and to make sure their feral cat friends are fixed, vaccinated, and sheltered.

   In one of our ongoing projects, we’ve been working closely with the Douglas State Prison to spay and neuter the many stray cats and kittens that wander into the prison yards and nearby areas. The prisoners are full of compassion for these furry residents and held two fundraiser barbecues this year to support our efforts! We’ve brought many “prison kittens” into foster—like Cash, June, and Folsom—and found loving homes for them

   As usual, our volunteers have gone “over and above” to save vulnerable animals—climbed into the rafters of an abandoned trailer, crawled under porches and sheds, scooped up a dazed cat wandering into traffic, gathered up shivering little kittens in a rainstorm, and spent hours nursing bottle babies whose mothers had met some sad demise. We are so grateful that we can save these lives with your support.


We love our Happy Tails story of soulful Amara. A soldier found Amara living on the street with three other dogs. She had a scar across her muzzle and a deep, dried blood scab that ran all the way through her right ear. The soldier brought her home and wanted to keep her, but knew he could not, so reached out to BAR.

One of BAR’s foster moms willingly took in Amara, who at first was just shaking with fear. In foster care, Amara’s wounds healed and she learned about love and treats and playtime and the joys of having her rich, black fur stroked. The fearful look in her caramel-colored eyes was replaced with hope and happiness. Amara’s perfect human saw her on BAR’s Petfinder page, connected with those eyes, drove hours to meet her, and fell in love: “I am so glad I adopted her. We are very happy together!!”

We can’t do any of this without you. Border Animal Rescue is a non-profit, all-volunteer group fully supported by grants and donations from our community. Please help us provide care to animals in need by giving what you can. We have spent more than $65,000 this year on our rescue efforts—every dog and cat receives spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, and parasite treatment, and every foster also gets virus tested and microchipped. Many of our rescues are sick, injured, or neglected and need extra veterinary visits or even emergency treatment. Your generous gift today will help many animals receive love and lifesaving care.

Ways to donate: Send a check to us at Border Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 3865, Sierra Vista, AZ 85636 . Use your credit card or PayPal at Venmo @BorderAnimalRescue. By phone, leave a voice message at 520-432-7964 and we will call you back. 

Also: Please include Border Animal Rescue in your estate plans; use your employer’s matching gift plan; and if you are required to withdraw a minimum amount from your 401K, donate to Border Animal Rescue to reduce your tax burden.

We’re passionate about what we do, and we hope you will be passionate in supporting us! Thank you for everything you do for the animals. Woofs and Meows.

David H. Kelso

President, Border Animal Rescue, Inc.

We are a 501(c)(3) charity, EIN 86-0946178.

We have a 4-star rating on Charity Navigator

Many thanks to for supporting us again this year!

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