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

Gorgeous acts of kindness never go without saying - from me.

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

awesome work, God Bless you for helping these beautiful animals

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

awesome work.. God Bless you all for helping these dogs & cats..

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

You guys are the greatest. I've been to Cozumel/Cancun and it is really sad to see these dogs and cats. You look into their eyes and there isn't much life in them. Thanks to you life has been given back. Bless you all.

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

Thank you so much sharing and for the feed back.
I give what I can when I can. It warmed my heart to see that the money was spent with love and care for the dogs.

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
"Die Größe eines Volkes und seine moralischen Fortschritte können daran gemessen werden, wie es seine Tiere behandelt."
Those who are cruel to animals cannot be righteous human beings.
Wer gegen Tiere grausam ist, kann kein guter Mensch sein.

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