Based out of La Misión, Baja California, Mexico, near the San Diego border where Shorty lives, the facility currently houses 30 dogs from seniors to puppies and adopts over 100 animals a year. Living in Mexico, Shorty has seen first-hand the unfortunate conditions many dogs live in due to homelessness, lack of medical treatment and no access to affordable spay and neuter procedures. To help address these problems, Shorty partnered with local veterinarians and started a monthly free spay and neuter clinic. The program is so popular there is now a lengthy waiting list. Not wanting to turn pet owners away, Shorty is in the process of purchasing a van to convert into a mobile spay and neuter clinic. The clinic is expected to go into operation in the summer of 2021. Store that gives back To raise funds to support the rescue, in 2019 Shorty opened the Shorty’s Rescue Pet Store. Many foreigners actually live in La Misión, and there is a need for high-quality pet food and supplies for their pets. The store’s profits also allow the rescue to provide community outreach to the town, such as free dog food, heartworm prevention, annual shots and medical procedures.
Road trip for hope Shorty has seen firsthand the effects COVID has had on his rescue with fundraising and community support. During this tough time, his nonprofit is committed to helping other rescues across the United States by bringing awareness to the amazing work they are doing and helping them raise funds.
This past December and March, Shorty traveled across the United States visiting over 20 rescue groups to livestream on social media telling the world what they do, showcasing their hard work to adopt animals and bring awareness to their donation needs.
To virtually go along on Shorty’s next shelter road trip and to nominate your favorite shelter for a visit from Shorty, go to: Facebook.com/ShortyRossi.
Rachel Phelps, “America’s Pet Parent,” is an award-winning writer, photographer and certified dog trainer. She keeps busy managing the career of her Internet celebrity dog Preston from PrestonSpeaks.com. She has three Westies, who think they are mini-humans, and a cat, who rule the house. Learn more at RachelPhelps.com