Can a dog have an American Dream, too? When the founder of Copper’s Dream Rescue, Jennifer Wang, took some time to travel, she never thought she would be jumping into rescue 2,500 miles from home in another country. But that’s just what she has done, expanding the mission of the San Francisco Bay Area rescue group to the streets of Belize.
For the street dogs of Cayo, a region of Belize without an animal shelter, the only hope for them to find a good home is to be flown to the United States. The government’s method of handling strays is to periodically poison them, which causes a slow and painful death. Street dogs also live under the constant stress of being attacked by other dogs, and they have difficulty finding regular food and water. Many, as a result, fall ill.
To relieve the misfortune of these canines, Copper’s Dream decided to launch the Belize Rescue Project, saving some of the amazing dogs Wang grew to love. Copper’s Dream teams up with local volunteers to identify strays that would do well in homes by screening and treating the animals for medical issues and then flies them to the United States where the unthinkable will finally be possible: They will be united with a family that gives them a safe and loving place to call home.
Copper’s Dream has been able to successfully bring seven amazing dogs into rescue so far and hopes to continue the efforts. Billy, a beautiful hound dog who was brutally sliced head to tail with a machete and left tied to a tree, was placed into a loving home where he can run free and be happy. While he bears the harsh scars as a reminder of his awful past, his sprint was never broken. Another lucky pup, Una, lost an eye while navigating the busy streets of Cayo trying to survive; she continues to greet everyone with loads of kisses and tail wags. There are so many more amazing dogs Copper’s Dream would love to give a better life to and hope, with continued support, the organization can provide that that to more deserving dogs.
If you interested in learning more about the Belize dogs available for adoption, or interested in helping Copper’s Dream, please visit our website, CoppersDream.org/Belize-Dogs.html
Copper’s Dream Rescue is a foster-based, all-breed rescue and has placed more than 3,300 dogs with the number rescued each year growing. Our goal is to help end the euthanasia of adoptable dogs in the United State through increasing public awareness, taking legal action benefiting shelter animals, and by rescuing dogs scheduled for euthanasia and placing them in permanent and loving homes.
Jennifer Wang is co-founder of Copper’s Dream Rescue. A Bay Area native and dog lover all her life, Jill Leiva has been working closely with Wang on the front lines of rescue since 2009