Like in many cities, stray dogs and cats, non humanitarian treatment and abandonment & negligence are a common issue in Playa del Carmen. Proper education and awareness programs, as well as permanent low cost/ free spay and neuter programs are the main approach this project takes in order to reduce the amount of dogs and cats that roams the streets. Support animal welfare through the permanent spay and neuter, & education programmes that Coco's Cat Rescue Centre carries 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 and has resulted in a host of concerns. 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. Coco's Cat Rescue is working on 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. The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) partnered with Coco's, the region's only spay and neuter clinic, which services Playa del Carmen & neighboring communities.
Potential Long Term Impact
During the five years Coco's Cat Rescue has been running, they have spayed or neutered 10,000 dogs and cats. They have 2 permanent veterinarians and a permanent community support program. They are also committed to education which encourages responsible pet ownership and challenges negative perceptions of feral cats, sometimes resulting in 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: $2,300
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $700
Total Funding Goal: $3,000