Mexico: clinic & mobile services bring education and aid

In 2008, IFAW formed a unique partnership with the Humane Society of Cozumel (HSC) to improve the lives of dogs, cats, and people on Cozumel Island, Mexico. 

With IFAW’s support, HSC has expanded its spay/neuter program, rescued sick and abandoned animals from the city dump, developed an education program for schoolchildren, and lobbied for improved municipal regulations on animal control. Through continued efforts to promote adoption and responsible pet care, dogs and cats are increasingly enjoying the status of valued community members

Today, HSC is seen as a regional model of humane population management, animal care and education. IFAW’s continued efforts now focus on the city of Playa del Carmen.

Helping dogs, cats, and people in Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen is one of the fastest growing cities in Latin American and the number of dogs and cats that roam the streets grows alongside the human population.

Although owners care for their dogs and cats, many lack money or transportation to access the resources necessary to treat them. Additionally, roaming animals that are either un-owned or abandoned suffer from untreated illnesses and injuries, and are left to scavenge for food and clean water.

To improve dog and cat care, prevent abandonment, and support humane population control, IFAW is bringing together community stakeholders to address the root causes of animal suffering. Together, we are developing community specific strategies that will include education, the provision of veterinary care, research, outreach, and policy to improve the lives of dogs and cats.

In 2012, IFAW partnered with Coco’s Cat Rescue, the region’s only spay and neuter clinic, which services Playa del Carmen as well as neighboring communities. To aid in educational outreach, transportation of animals, emergency assistance, and to support spay/neuter campaigns, a mobile veterinary unit was purchased in early 2013.

Through ongoing education, outreach, research and veterinary care, IFAW’s work in Cozumel and Playa del Carmen continue to demonstrate successful, modern and humane methods of managing dog and cat populations.