I never wanted a dog.
That is until my wife and I spent our honeymoon in Aruba.
They don’t think about dogs in Aruba, the way we think about dogs here in the United States. There are strays everywhere, hungry and abandoned. I would go for a run in the morning, and often times a dog would follow along, hoping I had something for him to eat.
It gets worse.
There is no money to spay and neuter all of the strays (or this isn’t what it’s allocated for), so they round them up and kill them. This is an every day occurrence.
My good friend Tisa, who lives in Aruba and helps run Bucuti and Tara Beach Resort (what a great, great place), told me about ARF Aruba. It’s a charity organization that finds homes in the United States for the strays in Aruba. They find volunteers to fly the dogs to the US. They find volunteers to drive them to their new homes.
So we decided to get one of those dogs. We decided to adopt an adult dog instead of a puppy because we were told it’s harder to find them homes. We decided on Rebel (we kept his name), because he looked sort of crazy and thought he’d be a good fit. Tisa was kind enough to go visit him, and gave us her approval.
This could be a long story, because getting this guy was a real challenge (including a midnight drive to Newark), for a number of reasons. The short story is on Friday, we got him here, thanks to Tisa, Aletta (his foster mom in Aruba), and the very kind and hardworking Marie and Renee from ARF Aruba, who helped to get him here.
I never wanted a dog, but I love Rebel (in fairness, Val always wanted a dog). We’re already good friends. He doesn’t seem to like very many people right away, but he loves us.
The long and short of this is, if you’re looking for a dog, there are a ton to adopt here, but there are a ton to adopt from Aruba. It’s easy, and you’ll be saving a life. You can find out more RIGHT HERE AT THE ARF ARUBA WEBSITE. You can help the cause by being a volunteer to bring dogs back from Aruba with Aruba Flight Volunteers (it’s so easy), by going to THIS PAGE.
And the best way to stop this problem is to spay and neuter. Marie Geerman, of ARF Aruba, has a fundraiser to do a very large spay and neuter campaign, and has raised nearly $19,000 so far. The goal is $20,000 and beyond. Every little bit helps. Please donate if you can right here:
Some pictures of our guy are below.