Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Electricity for the RCA Dog Shelter!

If you missed the first post, we are opening an urban dog shelter in the city of Colima, Mexico. I'm the only non-Mexican citizen involved, and am hosting this blog in English so you can read all about our Safe Haven for Puppies and Good Old Dogs!

Today they are installing the electricity! Because the house was empty for three years, all the wiring and copper water pipes had been stolen. 

Remember that we are working on a shoestring! This is enough wiring to connect up one light and one electrical outlet in each room. Yeah!

First the outside needs to be wired. Everything will be inspected by the city authorities tomorrow.

Hooking up the electrical box inside the house.

Wiring up the ceiling fixture in the lobby.

Adding the switch for the light in the kitchen/surgery.

Lots more to go, but you get the idea! In case you live in Colima, the contractor is the very friendly, efficient, and reasonably priced Leonardo Peña. Here's his card.

There are tons of details to opening a shelter. We also went out today and bought materials to construct enclosures for the dogs.

We estimate the total cost of a 1 meter by 2 meter enclosure, suitable for a mama dog and litter, at around $30. Come back tomorrow for step-by-step photo instructions!

We've also begun to receive donations of paint. A local store sells returned paint for half price. We're also hoping anyone with a little left over at home will bring it by. If you are familiar with Mexican buildings, you can begin to imagine the colorful shelter we're going to have! Some of our volunteers are talented artists, and we have plenty of walls for awesome murals! Friday afternoon we plan to finish cleaning the walls, and Sunday is our first painting day.

If you'd like to read about our adventures in dog rescue in Spanish, please visit our Facebook page at Amigos de Perros y Gatos Colima.

Thanks so much for your interest and support. I'd be happy to receive your comments and suggestions, and to answer any questions. Have a fantastic day!!


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