Dream under Construction

Can you imagine a heavenly place with beautiful sandy beaches and sun? Can you imagine spending some good vacations or even living there? A lot of people dream about this and others turn their dreams into reality, because that place exists and is called Playa del Carmen, Mexico!

Sadly, Playa del Carmen is not paradise for everyone. Away from the sandy beaches and tourist areas, many dogs and cats struggle to survive extreme weather, hunger and diseases.

The good news is that they are not alone!

For more than four years, we have been working together with our local partner Coco’s Animal Welfare, promoting adequate guardianship of companion animals, as well as rescuing and rehoming dogs and cats from the streets.

During this time I have been privileged to witness how our amazing team has changed and saved the lives of thousands of dogs and cats, and improved human-animal relations within the local community.

Coco’s started as a small cat rescue shelter and eventually grew into a small free and low cost spay and neuter clinic, that also provides veterinary care to unowned animals.

Although Coco’s has grown quite a lot over the years, our clinic is currently housed in a small two-bedroom house. This current set up places big limitations on space, and means less room to house the animals we help, less space to store important equipment, and fewer staff and volunteers to help the clinic run smoothly.

Most importantly, it limits the number of animals we are able to help.

Our dream is to improve our capacity and our facility, to enable us to help more animals than we’ve been able to in the past. Because even though we have achieved so much and have been able to help so many, Playa is one of the fastest growing cities in Latin America, and there are still thousands of dogs and cats that need us.

Luckily, earlier this year one of our supporters donated a piece of land to Coco’s Animal Welfare so that we could build our dream: a brand new clinic equipped with the facilities, equipment, and – most importantly - the space, needed to increase our capacity and help more animals.

Thank you for your support!


With your support we will be able to build this much needed clinic to help thousands of dogs and cats that wouldn’t get any care without our help.

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Senior Program Advisor
Senior Program Advisor
Brian Sharp, Emergency Relief Officer, Stranding Coordinator
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Céline Sissler-Bienvenu, Director, France and Francophone Africa
Director, France and Francophone Africa
IFAW Veterinarian
Katie Moore, Deputy Vice President, Conservation and Animal Welfare
Deputy Vice President, Conservation and Animal Welfare
Loïs Lelanchon, Animal Rescue Program Officer
Animal Rescue Program Officer
Shannon Walajtys
Manager, Animal Rescue-Disasters
Vivek Menon, Director of IFAW partner, Wildlife Trust of India
Consulting Senior Advisor to the CEO on Strategic Partnerships & Philanthropy