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Holiday Letter - Dec 2023


Dear Friend of Border Animal Rescue,

Happy 25th Birthday to us!


We feel we have a lot to celebrate. Since we began this journey of love and compassion, we have rescued countless homeless, abandoned, and injured animals. And how about this for a data point – we’ve spayed or neutered more than 10,000 cats and dogs! In 2023 alone, so far, we’ve provided 162 reduced cost spay/neuters for family dogs, cats, and even a few rabbits; spayed/ neutered 356 community cats; and rescued, fostered, and adopted into forever homes 132 cats and 4 dogs. We’ve also helped families in need get essential vet care for their pets, including emergency eye and dental surgeries.

We have been able to do this with the help of our donors, adopters, foster homes, local businesses, veterinarians, volunteers, rescuers, social media followers, and so many others. We always need more of everything, but we sure get a lot done with what we have, and we are so grateful for all of it.





A Tale of Two Chihuahuas!


Zooey and Pepe have never met, but they came to us with similar stories. Both are tiny seniors who were found wandering in traffic, abandoned, dehydrated, and hungry. Both were scooped up by their rescuers and needed immediate medical care.


Zooey (aka Tick!) was covered in 150+ ticks and had an infected ovary. Pepe’s mouth was swollen, infected, and painful. As Zooey was recovering and gaining strength in her foster home, her forever human met her and knew she was the one!


Pepe is in foster care now and will soon get a full dental treatment so he can heal. Then he’ll find the perfect forever home where his little waggle will cause endless smiles


Lionel's Story


Senior kitty Lionel was found in a pitiful state by a community cat feeder. Clearly dumped, he had advanced dental disease and a terrible skin condition that was driving him crazy. He is being treated now and his handsome, long fur is looking so much better. He’s a spicy fellow who will entertain the lucky person who adopts him! 


Such Good Fortune


Fortune is, well, a fortunate kitty! A truck that was stopped at a traffic light on Ramsey Road and Hwy 92 started accelerating when the light turned green. As the truck moved, the children and driver in the car behind saw a cat fall from under the truck onto the highway! The cat, stunned and terrified, ran up Ramsey Road into some bushes, where he was coaxed to come out by the rescuers in that car. The driver contacted us and we were able to have Fortune seen by Jackson Veterinary Services within hours. Luckily, Fortune’s injuries were mostly superficial scrapes and cuts. It didn’t take long for someone to meet and fall in love with him. He now goes by the name Willie and enjoys the good life, safe in his forever home


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. Your generous gift today will help many animals receive lifesaving care and help many families afford spay/neuter services for their pets. 

Ways to donate:

Mail 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, Paypal to, or scan the QR codes here. Also, please include Border Animal Rescue in your estate plans. And if you are required to withdraw a minimum amount from your 401K, donate to Border Animal Rescue to reduce your tax burden.

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Thank you for everything you do for the animals. Best wishes for a happy holiday season and good “Fortune” to you in 2024!

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.

Join our family of volunteers! We need YOU!

Many thanks to for supporting us again this year!

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