Grand opening for Playa del Carmen animal clinic

After more than a year of planning, designing, and collaborating with our local partner Coco’s Animal Welfare, our dream clinic in Playa del Carmen, Mexico is finally open.

Last Saturday we had our grand opening celebration with friends and supporters, and I can’t express how excited and happy I am to see this dream become a reality.

Seven years ago, Coco’s President Laura Raikes started Coco’s as a small cat rescue project in her bathroom. A few years later she incorporated a spay and neuter project with local veterinarians who donated their time.

Today we have a state of the art clinic that has become a model for other organizations and projects promoting animal welfare.

Over the years, Coco’s has spayed more than 18,500 animals. Currently, they assist an average of 8,000 animals per year. Up until now, all of this was done in a tiny house where the surgery room, preparation, reception and recovery took up just 132 square feet (40 square meters).

Now, we have the space and facilities needed to offer not only spay and neuter services, but veterinary assistance from other programs. And we can provide it all efficiently and comfortably. No need for veterinarians to rub elbows anymore.

I want to deeply thank all of our supporters who made this dream come true. Without your support we would still be dreaming.

But our work is not done, and the challenge ahead is bigger than ever: We need to finish equipping and furnishing the clinic so that we can assure assistance to animals in need.

Thank you very much for your support.


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