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

Thank you Liana for your question and concern.
IFAW's adoption process was extensive and included multiple interviews, reference checks and home visits. We have followed up by phone and e-mail with all adopters to make sure that introductions and adjustments are going well. As part of a comprehensive adoption contract, we required that if an adopter ever becomes unable to keep the animal, the animal must be returned to IFAW, and we have established relationships with reputable local shelters to assist in the rehoming process should it become necessary.
IFAW recognizes that there is some degree of uncertainty when adopting animals. However, we have established resources, supports, and strategies to optimally ensure that each of the animals adopted in our rescues will live in a loving home for the remainder of their lives.
Kate-IFAW

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

Dear IFAW, as a member I contribute what I can monthly and over and above that when I can and it is so heartwarming to see the rescuers in action and the joy of the animals who know that they are in safe hands, being rescued and delivered from their terrible circumstances. We must remain hopeful that IFAW is raising the consciousness of people around the world to love and care for their animals. Thank you for the wonderful work that you do!
Linda

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

I felt very emotional watching this with my two dogs curled up next to me on the sofa. IFAW you are amazing!!!!

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

This is exactly what it's all about. I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to form part of IFAW, if only by small contributions. My support will always be with you. Thank you for sharing this wonderful story..........God bless you all!

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

Lucky lucky dogs!!! Thanks to all the people adopting them!!!

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

Tears and more tears over animal abuse. Then good people do good rescue work and I get to smile. Thanks to all rescuers for Mexico landfill and Canada's remote community. Question: what about the landfill cats and kittens?

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

You are a bunch of angels heaven sent. My heartfelt thanks goes to all of you for all of your kindnesses and compassion and my love to all of these beautiful creatures.

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

I totally agree with Reinhard´s comment.
Reinhard | July 29, 2010 at 12:01 PM

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

I loved to see that you found a home for these animals, but do you follow them? I mean, do you check to see if they are being treated carefully; if they have what they need, if they havent been thrown to the streets again? How do you control that?
Thanks.

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

what a moving video of these lovely dogs,it made me cry tears of happiness,i hope they all enjoy their new life,they deserve to.IFAW you are truly wonderful people,if only i could have been their to see these lovely dogs.thankyou.liz findlay.

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