Once near death on the streets of Mexico, Coconut the dog has now found his forever home

Watch the amazing transformation and joyful new beginning from what had been a tough start for Coconut the dog.


In June, during a trip to the remote, south east side of Cozumel, my IFAW colleagues and I came upon a stray dog covered in used motor oil and little more than skin and bones.

He was starving and scavenging for anything to eat. With the help of our local partner, the Humane Society of Cozumel Island (HSCI), we took the dog we fondly named Coconut in for immediate care.

SEE ALSO: Spotlight Mexico: after dark days, Coconut the dog has a bright future

He had tested positive for heartworm, but after a few months of recovery, he has now found a new home with one of my close colleagues here on Cape Cod, where IFAW is headquartered.


Coconut's story wouldn't have been possible without donations from supporters like you.

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Cora Bailey
Director, Community Led Animal Welfare (CLAW)
Cynthia Milburn, Director, Animal Welfare Outreach & Education
Senior Advisor, Policy Development
Dr. Ian Robinson, Vice President, Animal Welfare and Conservation
Vice President, Animal Welfare and Conservation
Gail A'Brunzo, IFAW Wildlife Rescue Manager
Wildlife Rescue Manager, IFAW HQ
Hanna Lentz, Program Officer/Campaigner, IFAW HQ
Program Operations Manager, IFAW HQ
Jan Hannah
Northern Dogs Project Manager
Kate Nattrass Atema, Program Director, Companion Animals
Program Director, Companion Animals
Veterinarian, DVM, PhD
Veterinarian, DVM, PhD
Nancy Barr, Program Director, Animal Action Education
Program Director, Animal Action Education
Rebecca Brimley, Program Advisor
Program Advisor
Manager, Animal Rescue-Disasters