Like in many cities stray dogs and cats, non humanitarian treatment, abandonment & negligence are a common issue in Playa del Carmen. Proper education and awareness programs, permanent low cost/ free spay and neuter programs are the main approach that this project takes in order to reduce the amount of dogs and cats that roams the streets. Support animal welfare through the permanent spey and neuter, & education programmes that Cocos cat rescue centre and IFAW carry out in Playa del Carmen
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Playa del Carmen is one of the fastest growing cities in Latin America but this growth hasn't been well organized, bringing different issues to the area. Among them is the amount of dogs and cats that roam the streets. Although some owners care for them, many lack money or transportation to access the resources necessary. Some neglect and abandon them in the street. Additionally, roaming animals suffer from preventable diseases and are left to scavenge and continue reproducing unchecked.
How will this project solve this problem?
There are several groups in the area whose mission is to help tackle the problem, which this project supports. The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is working into bringing together community stakeholders to address the root causes of animal suffering in order to improve dog/cat care, prevent abandonment, and support humane population control. IFAW partnered with Coco's Cat Rescue, the region's only spay and neuter clinic, which services Playa del Carmen and neighbouring communities.
Potential Long Term Impact
During the five years our partners have been running, they have spayed & neutered 10,000 dogs and cats, have 2 permanent veterinarians and a permanent community assisting program. They are also committed to education which encourages responsible pet ownership and challenges negative associations with feral cats and consequent cruelty. Their long term mission is to greatly increase the number of animals that they are able to assist and expand their model to other local areas in need.
Total Funding Received to Date: $807
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $4,193
Total Funding Goal: $5,000