King City, Oregon - Most people go to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to soak up some sun, swim in the surf and experience Mexican culture. But another option has come up for animal lovers who want to vacation there.
King City residents Malka Sekey and her husband Steve Oseas have vacationed in Puerto Vallarta for the past seven or eight years, and on one visit they befriended a street dog they named Lupita, giving the old dog food and water.
The Borchgrevinks came up with a plan to ensure that they always have plenty of volunteers to help with their dozens of rescue dogs: offering free room and board at Hacienda Las Animas during the time the volunteers spend there.
"They built a bed and breakfast and only take people who love animals," Sekey said. "They need volunteers and also donors to sponsor dogs. I paid monthly for Lupita's care after we left, and she died six month later. We continue to pay monthly to support the (non-profit) organization."
"People stay there from all different countries and can stay two or three months or six months at the B & B 'ranch.' Many from the U.S. are from Oregon."
At the end of August, Brischa sent Sekey an email with updates on all the dogs, who are provided with medical care, good nutrition and rehabilitation along with lots of TLC. At that time, the couple had about 35 dogs and while they were finding adoptive homes for them, including flying them to "fur-ever" homes in other countries, more keep coming in.
Brischa emailed Sekey photos of some of the dogs, which Sekey called "an amazing collection of rescues that are needing homes." She added, "Brischa and Ted always need good volunteers to carry out their rescue missions, and their success speaks for itself."
The Borchgrevinks, along with their Doberman, moved to Puerto Vallarta from Norway in 2004. Shortly after their arrival, they rescued their first dog, Tobias, who was abandoned on a roof and had been covered with hot oil. This led to the opening of LADRA, which provides care, shelter and rehabilitation to dogs rescued in the Puerto Vallarta area and matches them with adoptive families. Today, according to their website, "Our portfolio of animals has even expanded to include goats, horses, ducks and chickens."
Brischa and Ted are also strong supporters of PEACE Animals, a non-profit organization that provides free sterilization clinics in and around Puerto Vallarta.
People can donate to LADRA through PayPal, to help LADRA cover the cost of food, vaccinations, veterinary bills and facility maintenance, or make in-kind donations of collars, leashes, dog crates and other pet items. LADRA also needs "guardian angels" to escort its rescues on airplane rides to their fur-ever homes.Original article