Partner spotlight: Coco’s Animal Welfare delivers a special day for kids in Mexico

This 6th of January was such a perfect day, and I feel very fortunate to share this experience with you!

IFAW and its local partner Coco’s Animal Welfare in Playa del Carmen Mexico, have been visiting a remote community for the past five months called Invasores as part of our Community Outreach Program. The program is designed to promote animal welfare and provide free spay and neuter as well as some basic veterinary services. 

WATCH: A day in the life of a mobile veterinary clinic.

In Mexico, the 6th of January is a very important date for children, since it is the day they are visited by the three wise men, who bring them presents. Laura Raikes, Coco’s President, decided to celebrate this special day with the children and people from Invasores.

Laura was inspired by an IFAW project in South Africa called CLAW, where founder Cora Bailey is able to help the residents of township communities in that country through also helping their animals

Like the South African townships, Invasores is a disadvantaged community in the outskirts of Playa del Carmen, with no services like modern plumbing, drainage or electricity.

The challenges and difficulties the community residents face, are very similar to the ones the people from the townships in the outskirts of Johannesburg face too.

On a regular day, Coco’s would have brought its Mobile Unit to pick up animals for spay and neuter services and check on sick or injured animals; on this day, a local doctor provided general consultations to Invasores residents in addition to Coco’s Veterinarians who provided consultations and free deworming to community animals.

But for the kids, this was a special day, and so the team brought a full puppet show to teach children about animal welfare in a fun, and entertaining way.

Together, we shared a special bread traditionally eaten this day called “Rosca de Reyes,” and for the children, the visit of the three wise men means presents! So we finished the day giving presents as well as clothes and shoes, which, for these adorable children, made it a super special day!

We are convinced that to create more humane communities, we need to engage the people and provide them with resources and support.

As Laura Raikes said:“We believe that by helping people we can help animals, and by helping animals we can help people”.

I feel very fortunate to be part of this incredible team with such big hearts, and I hope you enjoy this video that shows a little of what truly was such an amazing day.

Watching all these children and moms smiling and enjoying the day was simply amazing, and truly made this A PERFECT DAY!


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