Community Recognizes Humane Society of Cozumel

Lisa Ramirez accepts her "Civic Minded American Contest" award.

Erika and I were invited to celebrate the 4th of July in Cozumel, an unusual celebration for Mexicans. But the reality is that it is estimated that there are approximately 4,000 foreigners in Cozumel, the majority of which are citizens of the United States.

The Municipality hosted this big celebration with amazing fireworks and the presentation of the most "Civic Minded American Contest" award.

So we were able to celebrate two things, US Independence Day and the winner of the award Lisa Ramirez, Vice-President of the Humane Society of Cozumel, who received the award from Cozumel’s Mayor Aurelio Joaquín.

“I was humbled and thrilled to be nominated for this award, and have my name placed with so many other worthy socially conscious individuals here on the island. I was even more excited for the $1,400 USD in donations to the Cozumel Humane Society, which my nomination for this award generated. We all have seen huge changes in the last 18 years since the Humane Society started, and with the help of the many volunteers, the support of local businesses, and the sponsorship of IFAW, the Humane Society has grown and become a credible organization with global recognition. I urge everyone as part of this wonderful island to become involved in your community in some way, whether your calling is animals, children or the environment...Cozumel needs your support!”, said Lisa after knowing she was the winner.

Cozumel citizens nominated and voted for several ex-patriot Americans residing in Cozumel who have made significant contributions to the well-being and quality of life on the island.

But this is not the first time that Cozumel’s society recognizes the HSC´s volunteer work, just past December, Monica Velasco, President of the HSC was also nominated as “Volunteer of the Year” by citizens of the community and she was very close to get the award. Most of the people, who recognize HSC’s works, are citizens that witnessed the dramatic change regarding the situation of dogs and cats in the streets.

Today, that problem is significantly reduced thanks to the information and permanent spay and neuter campaign on the Island, which prevented and still continue preventing unwanted litters. Cozumel wouldn’t be like now if it wasn’t for the Humane Society’s work.

Congratulations to these amazing women who volunteer to make such a difference in their communities, and in the animals’ lives!


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