Be­yond Bor­ders

NOBARS an­i­mal res­cue saves dogs in need, re­gard­less of which side of the border they re­side


NOBARS an­i­mal res­cue saves dogs in need, re­gard­less of which side of the border they re­side.

Bor­ders fre­quently feel like ar­chaic dis­tinc­tions, but never more so than when the wel­fare of an­i­mals is at stake. An­i­mals don't care about na­tion­al­i­ties or ge­og­ra­phy—they just want homes. NOBARS, or No Bor­ders An­i­mal Res­cue So­ci­ety, feels the same way. Their mis­sion is to res­cue stray, aban­doned, abused, or sur­ren­dered an­i­mals—re­gard­less of where they come from. NOBARS' spe­cialty is to help save dogs fac­ing life-threat­en­ing cir­cum­stances and un­cer­tain fu­tures in Mex­ico and then bring them to Canada. In­ter­na­tional adop­tion is not unique, but it is so im­por­tant when it comes to sav­ing dogs in com­mu­ni­ties that don’t have the re­sources to help them. NOBARS' cen­tral be­lief—that ev­ery dog de­serves a home, whether they are Mex­i­can or Cana­dian—is mak­ing a world of dif­fer­ence for dogs on both sides of the border. Mod­ern Dog's own of­fice dog Penny Palmer is a NOBARS suc­cess story. Penny was found wan­der­ing the streets of Puerto Val­larta, Mex­ico with “mat­ted fur, su­per skinny, and full of par­a­sites,” re­counts Jes­sica Palmer, Mod­ern Dog’s Ad­ver­tis­ing Man­ager and Penny's adopter. Now, Penny is a beloved mem­ber of the Mod­ern Dog team, ever ea­ger to vol­un­teer for treat-test­ing du­ties. This is par­tially be­cause NOBARS makes a point to se­lect friendly, adopt­able dogs and then pro­vide quar­an­tine in lo­cal Mex­i­can fos­ter homes so the dogs can ac­cli­ma­tize

and re­cover be­fore en­dur­ing any travel stress, thereby en­sur­ing suc­cess­ful adop­tion. This fo­cus on emo­tional re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion is one of the things that make NOBARS unique. NOBARS' lo­cal vol­un­teers washed, groomed, and fed Penny prior to her jour­ney to Canada, and the change in her was amaz­ing. Like other NOBARS alums, Penny was pro­vided with me­dial care, love, and ba­sic train­ing—her tem­po­rary home even potty-trained her!

For Jes­sica, it didn't mat­ter whether her adop­tive dog “came from my home­town or from across the world.”

“What was im­por­tant," she stresses, “was that I gave a dog in need a home.” Robin Ten­nis, an ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber of NOBARS, couldn’t agree more, not­ing that “the ma­jor­ity of our adopters... be­lieve that an an­i­mal should be safe, warm, fed, and treated kindly, re­gard­less of which side of the border they re­side.”

“The work they do in Mex­ico alone is rea­son enough to like them,” Jes­sica con­tin­ues, “but what is also in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant is how they han­dle the adop­tion process. It’s a big and stress­ful step for a lot of fam­i­lies, so hav­ing an amaz­ing team be­hind the cause makes a world of dif­fer­ence. There were a few dogs I was in­ter­ested in, but funny enough, Penny (for­mally Gala) wasn’t one of them. The dog I was ini­tially in­ter­ested in found a home, but NOBARS was ded­i­cated to en­sur­ing I found the per­fect dog. They rec­om­mended I check out a video of Penny on their Face­book page and I fell in love.”

Penny has adapted to Cana­dian life “seam­lessly,” and that “only a week af­ter I brought her home, we were go­ing on off-leash walks on the beach,” Jes­sica en­thuses.

For NOBARS, it’s all “qual­ity over quan­tity,” says Robin. “We owe the dog the very best and we owe it to our res­cuers to en­sure their dog is safely adopted.” n

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Inset pho­tos: Jes­sica Palmer with her NOBARS res­cue, Penny.

Penny Palmer

Polo RE BEFO The adopt­able NOBARS pups pic­tured are all wear­ing adorable col­lars and bow ties from Danes & Di­vas (from $16, dane­sand­di­ AF­TER

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