Crossroads ‘Rescue Queen’ gives wayward dogs a second chance | Multimedia
BLOOMINGTON – The Ford E450 Super Duty purred like a kitten. But really, it was full of dogs.
As the morning sun rose over the crossroads on July 1st, Megan Arreguin, her family and a team of volunteers were busy packing the RV with crates – and crates, and crates, and crates of animals. Yipping little dogs and woofing big dogs filled every nook and cranny not already occupied with the supplies needed to make their trip safe and comfortable.
Just after 9 a.m., the RV pulled away from the Arreguin home in Bloomington and rumbled north, bound for Colorado.
For the pioneer dogs on board, last weekend’s journey was just one stop in dozens of unique journeys. Before ending up in Arreguin’s care, some had wandered the city parks. Others were left to local animal control. More than a few have been injured or sick and would have died had it not been for a veterinarian willing to operate on them – and someone willing to foot the bill.
make a star
At Port Lavaca Animal Control on the morning of June 20, Arreguin’s diverse skills were on full display. From moment to moment, she alternated between the roles of diagnostician and talent scout, her trained eye instantly recognizing which dogs she could place in a rescue.
Those who needed vaccines received them. Arreguin has photographed the dogs she is “working on” and is sharing the images on social media to solicit donations. Wise use of social media channels and a partnership with Cuddly.com – an animal-centric crowdfunding website – is raising funds for everything from medicine to toys to gasoline for volunteer drivers.
“I’ll get the photos and then I’ll send them to my partners and be like, ‘Hey, anybody want some? “, Arreguin said. “And then I’ll have them fully checked. And then I stack them, fill them up for a month, take them to Colorado, empty them, come home, stack them new, I start again.
The more “viral” a dog becomes, the easier it can be to get him the supplies he needs.
For someone with an unparalleled enthusiasm for canine wellness, Colorado seems to have a special appeal. Arreguin said a combination of strict pet regulations and an ingrained culture of responsible pet ownership makes the state a particularly attractive destination for the wayward puppies in her care.
“You go to rescues there,” Arreguin said, rather than animal control. “And where do the rescues come from to get their dogs? Texas, New Mexico, California. . . High states of destruction.
But Arreguin said one thing is keeping her at a crossroads at the moment.
“How could I save the animals of South Texas? ” she asked. “I don’t know if I could put something like this in anyone else’s hands.”
The rescue queen
Arreguin is not the only person at Crossroads dedicated to animal rescue, but she has earned a reputation for her determination and efficiency.
Tracy Horejsi, animal control officer at the town of Port Lavaca, said Arreguin’s courage allowed her to cut red tape and tap into new resources to provide things like vaccinations for animal control offices. pets where no budget existed for them, or the free spaying and neutering program she launched last year with Crossroads Veterinary Clinic.
But Arreguin isn’t shy about giving credit – and praise – where it’s due. Without Crossroads veterinarian Dr. Mark Besancon, she says, her entire rescue wouldn’t exist.
“Nobody wanted my volume,” Arreguin said, adding that if there was even a 1% chance a badly injured animal could be saved, Dr. Mark was ready to operate.
But someone still needs to save money for expensive operations, and that someone is usually Arreguin.
“I have it in my phone as ‘rescue queen,'” said Melanie Perez, who runs Pappy’s Animal Rescue at Refugio.
More than a few dogs would probably wag their tails in agreement.