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.

For more information on IFAW's work around the world, please visit www.ifaw.org

Comments: 36

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

What a wonderful life you all have helping these dogs. I envy you.
Since I can't do what you can do, I'll just try to send money as much as I can. I contributed for the dogs in Canada, thanks for the update on them.

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

Hello People:
You are really AMAZING!!! thanks a lot for helping all these dogs.
On Mexico city there is a place called Coyoacan and most of the people there have adopted a street dog, they really care.
It is nice to find people who really care about Animal Life.
I´m also an animal lover.
God bless yoy IFAW!

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

"We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living beings, humanity will not find peace."
- Albert Schweitzer, physician/Nobel Laureate.

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

Wonderful video - great outcome for those little guys.
One question - what is the Mexican government doing to help - if anything? Do you have any assistance from them? Spay & Neuter clinics?

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

God bless the people who help all animals. Having a hard time making ends meet, i wish i could donate to the cause but as of now all i can share are my prayers that people will be enlightened to love and care for all of God's creatures.

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

This is soo touching, it made me cry! I am a Mexican dog protector but it is so frustrating not being able to find enough homes for the number of stray souls wandering on their own here.
Keep it up the great work IFAW- your work is truly inspiring!

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

¡Perritos Mexicanos! Gracias IFAW. This make me feel so proud for being a member...many many thanks for give them a chance! They deserve it!

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

¡Que emocion! ¡¡Perritos mexicanos!! Thanks IFAW. I'm so happy for all your support. This make me feel so proud for being an IFAW member. Viva Mexico!!

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

It brought tears to my eyes to see the animals that were helped by my contribution. When I first heard of their need, I jumped right on it without thinking. Thank You for posting this update & sharing. I really appreciate the work that you do. Keep on. A piece of my heart goes with Alvina.

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

This made my day. Thank you for sharing this with us!

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