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Sunday, December 16, 2012 5:00 AM Rob Kinnon

12 Days/12 Ways 2012 - Playa Animal Rescue A.C. PAR

"On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me...."

This beloved traditional holiday song is the inspiration for our Holiday Giving blog series, "12 Days/12 Ways", a promotional effort of goodwill we started in 2010 to draw attention to 12 not-for-profit groups or charitable organizations in Playa del Carmen and along the Riviera Maya. So many people from around the world travel to the Riviera Maya during the holiday season. Many reach out to us via regional message boards and Facebook looking for a way to give back to the less fortunate residents in our local communities. 12 Days/12 Ways was started to help these generous, kind-hearted visitors find legitimate and worthy charitable organizations to support, addressing their particular needs for this holiday season.

For each of the 12 days of Christmas, the BuyPlaya blog, better known as "Life's a Beach", will spotlight a charitable organization or giving opportunity. Some may already be familiar to locals and frequent travelers to this area. Others, perhaps those most in need of recognition and support, may be new to our readers. It is our hope to do this every year, with updated information and wish lists.

The "12 Day/12 Ways" list has not yet been completed for 2012. If you have a favorite charity that you feel belongs on this list, collect all of the information you can and I will be happy to consider your group for inclusion.



Playa Animal Rescue Logo
Playa Animal Rescue A.C. is a non-profit no kill shelter located in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. PAR is dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating injured and abandoned dogs and to finding permanent loving homes for each of them. PAR is committed to promoting responsible pet ownership through community outreach and education as well as promoting sterilization of companion animals. This community outreach to educate on the importance of sterilization and good pet care is vital to solving the street dog problem in this area. PAR has forged excellent working relationships with the other animal rescue organizations in the area to share resources and better serve the animals in need and to ensure that all current and future PAR animals are sterilized, vaccinated and moved forward into loving forever homes.

Playa Animal Rescue A.C.In October 2011, Playa Animal Rescue was established and took over the care of the dogs from another shelter. Immediately, PAR began a quest to find and acquire land where a permanent shelter could be built to accommodate all the animals in one place. The goal: to build a permanent facility to house and rehabilitate all the dogs until homes can be found for them, a safe place where they can get healthy and strong, socialize with people and learn how to be good pets.

Through a donation from a very generous family, a parcel of land was acquired and a new permanent shelter was built in Playa del Carmen. Construction of the new facility was completed in March 2012 and all the dogs were moved into their new home the following month, an exciting milestone and a dream fulfilled for concerned animal lovers on the Riviera Maya and abroad. Since forming the Civil Association in October of 2011, PAR has served approx. 200 dogs and found loving homes for over 115. PAR is now able to staff a full-time veterinarian, Dr. Mauricio, and a caretaker, Carlos, to manage the daily needs of the dogs and the facility. Both Mauricio and Carlos live on-site so the dogs have access to 24 care and attention as needed.

How can YOU help?

Make a monetary donation!
You can donate via Paypal from the Playa Animal Rescue web site and the PAR Facebook Page by clicking on the donate button. PAR receives no Governmental funding and is 100% dependent on donations to continue operations. Playa Animal Rescue received it's Civil Association status in early December 2011, becoming a legal charitable organization in Mexico. this year, PAR is pleased to announce that they are now a registered 501c3 organization in the United States! Your generous USD donations are now fully tax deductible!

In the US or Canada, monetary donations may also be sent to:

Playa Animal Rescue
20 Copperfield Avenue
North Easton, MA 02356

Every donation, large or small, helps to save a dog's life!

Playa Animal RescueMake a donation from the wishlist!
Help the daily operations of the shelter by donating much needed items and supplies. Most of the items are used frequently and need to be replaced/replenished on a regular basis. Other items, such as a reliable vehicle to transport rescue and transport animals, washer/dryer, refrigerator, pressure washer etc. are more long term goals for the permanent facility. If you live locally and are planning to replace any of your older household appliances please consider donating the older models to the PAR shelter.

Animal Grooming Supplies:
Flea and tick shampoo
Ear cleaning solution
Q Tips 
Tweezers for tick removal
Cotton balls
Wire slicker brushes
Dog clippers
Heavy duty nail trimmers
Flea combs

Cleaning Supplies:
Puppy training pads
Sturdy garbage/collection bags
Laundry detergent
Wash cloths/dish towels/hand towels
Antibacterial hand sanitizer
Buckets and mops
Clothes line and pins

Medical Supplies:
Non-latex gloves - mixed sizes
Hot water bottles heat pads
Heat lamps
Animal thermometers
Scale to weigh animals
Antibiotic ointment
Frontline flea and tick prevention
Heartguard heartworm prevention
Animal vitamins
Animal nursing bottles
Rubbing alcohol
Hydrogen peroxide
Disinfecting wipes
Anti-fungal cream
Blood stop powder

Food and Feeding Supplies:
Dog and puppy food
Cat and kitten food
Dog treats/biscuits
Dentasticks/Dentabones etc.
Stainless steel bowls - mixed sizes

Maintenance Supplies:
Spray nozzles - variable jets
Bungees cords
Heavy duty pressure washer
Garden sprayers

Other Supplies:
Pet carriers
Pet beds
Collars and leashes
Doggie toys e.g. kong, nylon bones etc
Cat scratching toys
Pet friendly mosquito spray - for volunteers
Portable fans
Portable air conditioner
Laminating pouches and laminating machine
Washing machine and dryer
Gazebo/shade structures
Folding/stacking chairs

PAR also has a wishlist on Amazon.com. Just go to Amazon.com and click on wish list, then type in Playa Animal Rescue.

PAR Dog Wash Spa DayVolunteer!

Playa Animal Rescue has *Spa and Play Day* every Saturday. If you would like to join in the fun, the group meets in the Mega parking lot on Saturday mornings at 11:30 am where transportation will be provided to and from the shelter. All of the dogs love time spent with people! Come visit the new shelter, walk a dog, play with a puppy, help clean up or medicate dogs.

Do you have a place in your heart and home for a dog? Cross border adoptions are easy, and we will facilitate them for you. If you would like to adopt a PAR dog or puppy, please send an email to info[at]playaanimalrescue.org.

Foster homes are always desperately needed. The dogs need to learn to love in a home and be good pets. In addition, they benefit greatly from the one-on-one attention. If you are able to foster a PAR dog or puppy, please send an email to info[at]playaanimalrescue.org.

Would you like to Sponsor a PAR Animal? Though the Playa Animal Rescue Sponsorship Program you can sponsor the PAR animal of your choice!  Your monthly sponsorship donation will go directly toward food, shelter and medical care for your chosen PAR animal, helping provide a better life for a deserving and loving dog or puppy.
PAR Calendar 2012

For more information
U.S. 1-508-297-4141


Michele Kinnon

I moved to Mexico with my family in 2004 with the hope of offering our children a more global education and world view. Since then, we have traveled through Mexico, Belize and Guatemala, gathering friends and life experiences and learning a lot about ourselves along the way. When we are not out and about exploring, Rob and I own and operate BuyPlaya, a Playa del Carmen real estate company and FurnitureMex. "Life's a Beach" is a catch-all blog where you may find anything from restaurant reviews, to recipes, gardening tips, commentary about expat daily life, local events, information about moving to Mexico and educating children in Playa del Carmen. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter and .



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