I came to Guatemala to complete a circle. Back in 2008, my husband Matt and I were looking for a dog to adopt. We looked for quite some time, but that magic connection just wasn’t quite manifesting…until one day I went to the Marin Humane Society in Novato, CA and saw a dog that would […]

PATCHES March 2009 – May 2021

In 2009 I was introduced to Aware via another rescue I had worked with in the past. The plea for help touched my heart and I reached out to Aware regarding Patches. From there we worked together to bring Patches to me in Colorado. Patches finally made it in 2010. From there it was an […]


“Burtie was hit by a car and unable to use his back legs when Animal Aware took him in. I was there volunteering and he put his head on my lap and I fell in love with him and adopted him. He survived cancer, paralysis, and a bad infection because he was such a strong […]


They came, they rolled up their sleeves, they performed miracles. The Incredible Marni Hills has done it again. Twice! AWARE recently hosted two yes two groups of intrepid Groomers from the US and Canada working for her new 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Groom for Good.  Marni and her groom teams were unleashed on scores of dogs at […]


Juno by Molly Timmerman I was a fourth year medical student doing an international medicine clerkship in Santa Cruz, Guatemala at a clinic providing healthcare to underserved populations in rural Guatemala. I was prepared to encounter human suffering and illness. I had not prepared myself, however, for the suffering and maltreatment of the thousands of […]


“ That crazy, brown, fluffy thing in the grass? Oh, that’s me!   JUNIA   Well, of course I’m not actually crazy, I just love to play a lot. One day I got so caught up playing with my friends on the street that I didn’t notice a car was coming. Guess what happened?? Yup, the […]


VOLUNTEER GROOMING AT ANIMAL AWARE By Marni Hills   “Saving just one dog won’t change the world, but it surely will change the world for that one dog.” – Richard C. Call, Philanthropist, Community Leader Chi Chi Rodriquez poses with his new donated collar   DO YOU YEARN FOR ADVENTURE? Do you wish you could […]


Beloved dog of Stewart Kantor and Patty Gallagher Snug was one of the lucky ones. Bought as a puppy by a family in Guatemala who knew nothing about dogs (except that Snug was very cute), she was first ignored (no walks, no shots), then abandoned to the street when she started to grow. But things […]

Otis the Blue-Eyed Boy

Otis is the only dog I have ever rescued on my own. One afternoon I was walking up the road from the bus stop to the Shelter, and was in sight of the main gate when I noticed this small black puppy trotting up the road in front of me. He was alone, no owner […]

Horses less valuable than dogs?

One of the workers told Xenii about a horse he’d seen on his way to the Shelter. The horse had something wrong with his leg – but was still working, carrying a load of firewood bravely up the hill, though obviously having trouble and probably in a lot of pain. The worker said he knew […]

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