A Happy Ending for the Dump Dogs of Cozumel
Last Friday was a great day in Cozumel! We woke early to prepare the seven remaining female “dump dogs” for a very big trip. Their journey began last summer when they were rescued from Cozumel’s municipal dump, and would finally come to an end in Victoria, BC, Canada, where loving new homes were waiting.
The first step was a 6am ride on the cargo Ferry from Cozumel Island to Playa del Carmen. After an hour and a half t we finally arrived in Playa, where the dogs enjoyed a short break and the chance to stretch their legs. Then we embarked on another, hour-long drive to the Cancun airport, where all seven had to pass through customs and “board” the plane. The dogs were a bit nervous during all the travel but as wonderful as they are, they kept wagging their tails all the time.
It was a very touching moment for all of us, especially knowing that these seven girls used to live in the most horrible place I have ever seen in my life, where dogs were very skinny, surrounded by flies, vultures, filth, fetid smells and surviving by eating unimaginable things. When we rescued them, most were very young puppies, so we’ve watched them grow and get healthier, fatter and happier; we all simply fell in love with them.
It was one of those days when you reaffirm how fortunate you are to do this work! Watching the faces of my colleagues saying goodbye to these dogs - dropping a tear or two as the dogs passed through customs and out of sight for the last time - was really moving and priceless. I’m proud to be part of such a great team of people and know that it’s through the generosity of our donors that we’re able to dramatically change the lives of these animals. Just imagine what would have become of these seven girls if they hadn’t been rescued from the Cozumel dump... I better not imagine.
These girls found a home in Canada thanks to Laura Marriott who kindly adopted one of our rescued dogs from the dump a year ago, who even named her dog “Ify” in honor of International Fund for Animal Welfare’s role in rescuing the 13 dump dogs last summer. Thank you very much Laura for all your effort!
I am also really grateful to all of IFAW’s supporters who make it possible for us to continue changing so many animals’ lives for the better. I’m able to see first-hand the difference that you make.
Thank you very much!
For more information on the ways in which the International Fund for Animal Welfare is improving the lives of Companion Animals around the world, please visit www.ifaw.org.