IFAW Cozumel: Final Post from the Team

Kate Atema coordinating logistics for rescued Cozumel dogs. The whole experience was so much more emotional than we had anticipated. Watching the little plane land was amazing - every time. Standing on the tarmac with a group of nervous adopters wondering what their new animals would be like - the anticipation was almost sparkling with the static of excitement and nerves. Would they like them? Would they adjust? Would they be healthy?

Kate Atema, International Fund for Animal Welfare team member, recounting the final leg of the trip for the dogs rescued from the Cozumel, Mexico municipal dump and brought to their new homes, along the east coast of the U.S.

The whole experience was so much more emotional than we had anticipated. Watching the little plane land was amazing - every time. Standing on the tarmac with a group of nervous adopters wondering what their new animals would be like - the anticipation was almost sparkling with the static of excitement and nerves. Would they like them? Would they adjust? Would they be healthy?

I think, no matter how much we told them, everyone really kind of expected these dogs to get off the airplane mangy and snarling, pathetic, limp and standoffish. What we got was exactly the opposite! Energetic, smiling dogs hopped out of their crates and into our ams, full of goofy smiles, LOTS of out-of-control perky ears, and enough kisses to go around. They ate treats out of everyone's hands and each seemed perfectly content to walk away on a leash with their new person. It was like they understood what was going on all along, and we were the ones in for the big surprise!

I think everyone was a little misty-eyed when they realized what incredible souls these were. As we watched the dogs hop into their new owners' cars and drive away home, we realized just what we had done for some amazing animals who have so much to give, and would have had such little opportunity to give it to anyone in Cozumel.

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Comments: 36

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

More! MOre! M0Re! MORE!
It gives a good feeling to see that success!

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

c' is splendid what you made you are formidable all my wishes for the new life of these dogs and Alvina is sublime d' elegance. tenderly your
Martine (France)

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

I warmly thank the IFAW team for his intervention and all the lives that are saved. Not be present and to know that generous persons take care of the most low is very comforting. Again: Thank you very much for our animal friends!

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

Thanks God there are people like you! I wept for joy. These dogs deserve a good home and I´m happy to see it.
I support your work much.
Please always does good work!
I´m thinking of you and the animals!

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

Hello IFAW Team,
God Bless you all to give a second chance of life to all animals.
You are angels from heaven.
I envy you all.
Pauline

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

I can't find words to express my thanks to your team for all the work you do for animals. I have just watched your video on the rescue in Cozumel with floods of tears in my eyes. I hope all these animals find wonderful caring homes. They deserve the best.

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

Sitting here teary eyed at the outstanding work you all did - well done!

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

IFAW thank you so much for helping the dogs in Cozumel. Do you have other rescue plans in Mexico? Only in Mexico City are about 1 million 400 thousand dogs living in the street in terrible conditions. Animals in Mexico really need your help.
Lizbeth

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

Thank you for your question Barbara. We have gone several times to attempt to capture the cats from the dump, and managed to bring only a few home. Unfortunately, they continue to evade capture, although we continue to try. Prior to the "eviction", we did manage to spay and neuter many of the cats at the dump.
Kate-IFAW

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

Thank you Jean for your questions. Nope, no assistance from the government, although the state government of Quintana Roo, where Cozumel is situated, recently passed an animal welfare law. We are currently reviewing it to see if it has any positive implications for the situation in Cozumel.
Kate-IFAW

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