Help Me Get My Rescue Dog TACO out of Mexico to the USA

I rescued Taco 9 years ago from a Mexican pueblo when he was near-death. Now, neither of us can survive in Mexico and need your help to get back to the USA.
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J. Davis
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Houston, Texas
United States
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About Taco and Me

I left everything in the USA for a life in Akumal Mexico

I provide photography, video production, and website design services. Many years ago, I left everything in the USA to move to Akumal Mexico on the Riviera Maya, a popular tropical vacation destination.

Nine years ago, I rescued my dog Taco from the pueblo

...a small Mexican town on the other side of the highway. He was suffering from mange, was malnourished and bloated with worms. Today, he is a healthy, happy dog.

However, misfortune has hit us and I cannot legally work in Mexico

My online business stopped generating income. My camera was stolen, which I used for photography and videography. My computer that I use for graphics-intensive work was ZAPPED by the pueblo electricity. It's now dead. Without my computer, I basically can do nothing to generate income. And I cannot legally find a job in Mexico.

I need to return to the USA and find paying work there

But I have completely run out of funds to even pay for my own airfare, much less the expenses necessary to transport Taco.

It is urgent that we leave Mexico immediately so that I can find work, as I have no money to pay rent or expenses here in Mexico anymore. With your help, we can relocate and start building a new life in the USA, and Taco will become an American dog.

What We Need to Get to the USA

I am required to pay high immigration fees in order to leave the country

Here is a summary of all the expenses that this campaign is funding:

  • $1,650 - airfare, extra baggage, vetinarian expenses to certify Taco flying, Taco's airfare, transportation, transfer service, transporting of damaged computer through Mexico
  • $150 - additional rent in Mexico before we leave
  • $1,500 - immigration fees to leave Mexico
  • $350 - pet deposit where living in the USA
  • $1,000 - transportation, winter clothes, supplies, 1 month of food & living expenses while looking for work
  • $1,350 - Indiegogo fees, perks fulfillment, PayPal fees

Even if the campaign is not fully funded, all funds go towards Taco and me leaving Mexico for the USA to find work

Even if the goal is not met, all funds received will be used to leave Mexico immediately to relocate to the USA.

Your Contribution will Make a Huge Impact in Giving Us a New Start

We are in an urgent, crisis situation

We are completely out of funds, but cannot legally work in Mexico, and yet cannot afford to leave the country to find work in the USA.

Your contribution will enable us to leave Mexico, find work in the USA, and allow me to keep my rescue dog, Taco

What You Get for Graciously Helping Us Out

We will give you fantastic personal perks as a "thank you" for your kindness and generous contribution

Some sample perks:

  • a travel DVD of Akumal Mexico
  • a secret family recipe
  • postcards with pictures of Taco being seen around the world with a personal note from Taco of gratitude to you
  • caricatures of you and Taco on TIME Magazine
  • a professional CNN-style reporter giving a personalized news report about you and Taco
  • an interactive animated website made personally about you and Taco

Stretch Goals will Help Us with Other Necessary Expenses Once in the U.S.

Stretch goals will cover needed additional expenses that would both help Taco and enable me to find better paying work more quickly.

Taco Medication

Taco has a raw skin condition that requires an ongoing prescription that costs $100 for a 2-month prescription. Buying a year's supply of the pills here in Mexico would be cheaper than having to pay for veterinarian and prescription expenses in the USA.

Computer Replacement

My work requires a sufficient computer for graphics-intensive applications and rendering. I will then be able to pursue work in my fields of expertise: video editing, visual effects generation for film/video production, image manipulation, 3D renderings, etc.

And since I won't have a vehicle initially, I will be able to obtain and perform much of this work from home with an adequate computer.

Camera and Lenses Replacement

... enables me to do contract work as a videographer as well as work on my own film and video productions, such as narrative and documentary films.

Vehicle

While Houston has public transportation, the city is so expansive that it is often difficult to travel to locations by bus. Is often necessary to have a vehicle in Houston, especially when working as a contractor traveling to various locations daily.

Stretch Goals Summary

Even if the campaign goal is attained, the stretch goals will complete our relocation and enable me to secure better work

Any amounts received over the campaign goal will go to fund the following in this order:

  1. Taco Medication - 1 year supply - $600
  2. Computer Replacement: $1,500 - $2,500
  3. Vehicle - as cheap as I can reasonably find
  4. Camera Replacement (and accessories) - $1,500 - $2,000
  5. Lenses - $1,000 - $2,500

If You Cannot Contribute, You Can Still Help Us by Sharing This Campaign

Use the tools provided at the top of the page (below the video) to share this campaign to others

... and you will be helping us enormously by getting the word out. Your sharing our campaign is greatly appreciated!

Thank You!

Thank you so much for considering our campaign. With your help, we look forward to starting a new life in the USA.

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  • $1USD
    My secret recipes!

    • My Dad's Famous BBQ Sauce recipe (formulated in the early 1970s) - a unique, delicious, private family recipe! • My Tinga Tacos recipe - absolutely delicious! • My special black beans recipe - the best beans you will ever have!

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    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $10USD
    See Paradise for yourself!

    Discover paradise with this 50% discount code for a travel DVD I produced of Akumal Mexico. Learn about the beautiful tropical destination where Taco and I have been living. Vacation in Akumal and you may find that you want to move here, too! • AKUMAL: PARADISE IN MEXICO DVD - 50% discount code - $12 value • Plus, the previous perk!

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    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $20USD
    The Mayan diets we live by!

    • THE 2012 MAYA DIET ebook package - this way of life healed me of a debilitating disease! - and I lost 30 pounds in 30 days! - $47 value • Taco's natural, healthy diet - all you need to know - he loves it, it's cheaper than dog food, and he's healthy and happy! Dog food companies don't want you to know this secret! • Plus, all the previous perks!

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    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $25USD
    Taco in CAPPUCCINO FROTH!

    • Taco will mail you a personal postcard with his image in the froth of a cappuccino. He will write a sweet note to you on the postcard. The picture is adorable! • Plus all lower level perks (under $25)!

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    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $25USD
    Taco on RESCUE DOG magazine!

    • Taco will mail you a personal postcard with his picture on RESCUE DOG magazine and with YOUR NAME on the magazine, too. He will write a sweet note to you on the postcard. The picture is adorable! • Plus all lower level perks (under $25)!

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    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $25USD
    Taco is a WATERCOLOR PAINTING!

    • Taco will mail you a personal postcard with his picture as a watercolor painting. He will write you a sweet note on the postcard. The picture is adorable! • Plus all lower level perks (under $25)!

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    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $25USD
    Taco in the NEWSPAPER!

    • Taco will mail you a personal postcard with his photo in a NEWSPAPER ARTICLE, and with YOUR NAME in the article title stating how you rescued Taco. He will write a sweet note to you on the postcard. The picture is adorable! • Plus all lower level perks (under $25)!

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    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $35USD
    2 Taco photos in MAG ARTICLE!

    • Taco will mail you a personal postcard with TWO PHOTOS of him in an article in a magazine which someone is reading in a car. He will write a sweet note to you on the postcard. The picture is adorable! • Plus all lower level perks (under $25)!

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    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $35USD
    Taco in TWO PAINTINGS!

    • Taco will mail you a personal postcard with TWO PAINTINGS of him being painted by a painter. He will write a sweet note to you on the postcard. The picture is adorable! • Plus all lower level perks (under $25)!

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    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $50USD
    Taco with YOU, TOGETHER!

    • Taco will mail you a personal postcard with both HIS PICTURE and YOUR PICTURE as snapshots side by side with YOUR NAMES on each snapshot. He will write a sweet note to you on the postcard. The picture is adorable! • Plus all lower level perks (under $25)!

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    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $75USD
    Your CARICATURES on TIME!

    • A digital COLOR CARICATURE of YOU and TACO on the cover of TIME Magazine announcing you saved Taco! This is not a postcard, this is a high resolution digital image, hand-drawn caricature of you and Taco. • Plus all lower level perks (under $25)!

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    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $100USD
    4 shots AROUND THE WORLD!

    • Taco will mail you FOUR personal postcards over four weeks of shots of him around the world. - Taco being painted by a painter on Pisa Street in Italy - Taco overlooking Times Square in NYC - Taco painting displayed in the Louvre Museum in Paris, France - Taco on a billboard in Odessa, Ukraine He will write a sweet note to you on each postcard. The pictures are adorable! • Plus all lower level perks (under $25)!

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    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $100USD
    Taco mails YOU on HOLIDAYS!

    • Taco will mail you FOUR personal postcards, remembering you on the HOLIDAYS. - Taco will mail you 3 Christmas card postcards over 3 weeks with his photo as a "Christmas card". A Christmas wish to YOUR NAME will be in the image. - Taco will mail you an Easter card postcard for Easter with his photo as an "Easter card". An Easter wish to YOUR NAME will be in the image. He will write a sweet note to you on each postcard. • Plus all lower level perks (under $25)!

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    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $150USD
    8 shots AROUND THE WORLD!

    • Taco will mail you EIGHT postcards of him around the world. In addition to the "4 shots" perk, he will mail you: - Taco on the New World Tower skyscraper in Miami with a MESSAGE TO YOU - 4 PAINTINGS of Taco on the streets of Rome - 2 shots of Taco on a musical theater school in London - A photo of Taco attached to his Paris correspondence with a MESSAGE IN FRENCH TO YOU He will write a sweet note to you on each postcard. • Plus all lower level perks (under $25)!

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    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $250USD
    THREE perks in ONE!

    • "8 shots AROUND THE WORLD!" perk • "Taco mails YOU on HOLIDAYS" perk • "Your CARICATURES on TIME Magazine!" perk • Plus all lower level perks (less than $25)!

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    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $350USD
    ALL IMAGE & POSTCARD PERKS!

    * Get ALL the previous perks above! - Receive ALL of Taco's adorable PERSONAL POSTCARDS TO YOU... - as well as the fantastic digital COLOR CARICATURE of YOU and TACO on the cover of TIME Magazine announcing you saved Taco! - and every other perk above this one!

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    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $500USD
    You & Taco on CNN-style TV!

    • YOU ARE ON A CNN-STYLE VIDEO NEWS REPORT HONORING YOU FOR SAVING TACO! A professional CNN style anchorman in a news room studio gives a special report how YOU rescued us from Mexico to the States. He will say your name and show your picture alongside Taco's in his report. • Plus all lower level perks! (under $25)

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    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $750USD
    ALL previous PERKS!

    * Get ALL the previous perks above! - Receive ALL of Taco's adorable POSTCARDS written PERSONALLY TO YOU... - as well as the fantastic digital COLOR CARICATURE of YOU and TACO on the cover of TIME Magazine announcing you saved Taco... - and the CNN-style video news report with a professional anchor man announcing a story about YOU SAVING TACO. - and any other perk above this one!

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    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $1,000USD
    Fun website of YOU AND TACO!

    • A MODERN, ANIMATED, INTERACTIVE WEBSITE that HONORS YOU AND TACO! I will create an HTML5 animated website DEDICATED TO YOU, with YOUR NAME as the sub-domain, with an animated Taco thanking YOU for rescuing him and moving him to the States. Interactive animations with sounds. Entertaining, unique, fun. And I'll post links to your site on animal rescue forums so that everyone can see what you did for Taco! • Plus all lower level perks (less than $25)!

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    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $1,500USD
    THE WHOLE SHEBANG!

    The MOTHER LODE. You get ALL of the perks in this campaign! Delivery begins November 2013 with the final item delivered April 2014.

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    Estimated delivery: April 2014
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