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Animal Rescue Center Funds Projects
by Selling Used Shoes on Ebay

The San Felipe Animal Rescue opened its doors as a non-profit organization in 2003. San Felipe is a small fishing village, located on the Baja Peninsula in Mexico, about 125 miles south of the US border and located on the Sea of Cortez.

With an estimated 10,000 stray and indigent dogs and cats living on the streets, beaches, camps and in the desert surrounding San Felipe, a group of very committed Americans and Mexicans stepped up to the over-population problem, with the hope of one day getting it under control once and for all.

It became apparent early on that funding for this giant project was not going to come from the States, because foundations and grant givers are not chartered to fund outside the contiguous United States. Furthermore, Mexico, does not participate in funding Spay/Neuter groups either. After some 300 grant packages were sent out, lovely letters of rejection were returned saying, "keep up the good work", but we cannot give you any money at this time.

With the help of a significant benefactor, this little rescue and its followers rolled up their sleeves and began the process of spaying and neutering the street population. They worked with The University of Baja Veterinary School in Mexicali, which fortunately was able to provide vets and techs at good fees, but the program still costs upwards of $3500 a month to run, and surgically fix about 125 dogs and cats at one clinic.

Local fundraising has produced money for SFAR, but by far, the most consistent source of income has come from a very successful shoe business that SFAR runs on eBay which they started about three years ago.

By shopping for barely worn to brand new Name Brand, men's and women's shoes, at thrift stores in the San Diego area, and also by soliciting shoe donations from SFAR supporters, SFAR has been able to maintain its spay/neuter numbers. ZAPP, an acronym for the Zero Additional PUP-ulation Project, has surgically altered more than 4500 dogs, cats, puppies and kittens to date. ZAPP works like a M.A.S.H. Unit. Clinics are held twice a month at a local school, where vets use adjustable ironing boards as surgery tables. Volunteers work in shifts to get the job done.

SFAR has also placed more than 2000 puppies and kittens in permanent homes thru adoptions at PetSmart Stores in the US.

Head Dog Man, Steven Forman, co-founder and marketing guy for SFAR says, "the problems we have in San Felipe exist everywhere in Baja, as well as other third world countries. The sooner we can get our animal population under control, the sooner we can focus on the rest of the Baja Peninsula, by sharing our successes and failures with others that work for the humane treatment of animals, so dogs, cats, puppies and kittens no longer have to suffer needlessly they way they have as a result of disease, starvation and lack of vaccines - but we need shoes if not money that we can turn into spays and neuters." Forman concludes, "the cost of gas is so high now, that it prohibits us from stateside shopping as often as we'd like. We try to keep at least 750-1000 pair of shoes on eBay at all times, so there is plenty of inventory for the public to choose from. What a concept, huh, Shoes for Spays."

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Editor's Note:

Shoes can be sent to:

San Felipe Animal Rescue
95 East Highway 98
Calexico CA 92232

Contact: Steven Forman 707-320-4969

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