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Support Animal Welfare in Mexico

by Global Vision International Charitable Trust
Support Animal Welfare in Mexico
Support Animal Welfare in Mexico
Support Animal Welfare in Mexico
Support Animal Welfare in Mexico
Support Animal Welfare in Mexico
Support Animal Welfare in Mexico
Support Animal Welfare in Mexico
Support Animal Welfare in Mexico
Support Animal Welfare in Mexico
Support Animal Welfare in Mexico
Support Animal Welfare in Mexico
Support Animal Welfare in Mexico
Coco's & GVI Summer Camp 2015!

Dear Supporter, 

GVI joined effort with the vet project partners Coco’s Animal Welfare to run a summer course with the kids from this community. Coco’s has a permanent spay and neuter program in Playa del Carmen, and started working in the community of Invasores this year.

‘Invasores’ is a shanty town on the outskirts of Playa Del Carmen. It is surrounded by a garbage dump and it is located on federal property under the major power lines that power Playa Del Carmen. Their houses are built from what they can find in the landfill and the community lacks most basic necessities. 

Pet care is important to Coco’s but also their owners wellbeing, therefore, joining efforts with GVI they decided to run a summer course with the children to teach them more about pet care as well as other activities, like dental hygiene, English lessons, sports and art. During the pet care lessons, we taught the children the basics of how to care for animals and be responsible pet owners. We also teach them about reporting stray and sick looking dogs to the authorities. 

The provision of food was important, to ensure that the kids would be able to concentrate and have energy to participate in the classes and activities, as many go without breakfast or one lacking in nutritional benefits.

Over 40 children benefited from this summer camp. They received lessons and activities all week as well as 2 meals a day for the week. The kids were very happy to participate as they don’t have access to these kind of activities, and the food provided allowed them to focus and concentrate in the activities.

It is vital to start educating children about pet care so that they will be more aware and responsible adults one day!

Thank you for your generous support!

With Gratitude, 

GVI Mexico and Coco's Animal Welfare

Breakfast time at the summer camp
Breakfast time at the summer camp


Dear Supporter, 

This past week, we have been fortunate enough to be able to participate in VIDAS, a 6-day free spay and neuter campaign for cats and dogs. It is of utmost importance to spay and neuter the cats and dogs in Playa del Carmen so that we can stop over population. It helps to reduce the number of stray animals on the streets as well as helping to control aggressive behaviour and the spread of diseases.  

VIDAS is held twice a year in the Yucatan area of Mexico, one of which is held here in Playa Del Carmen. During this 6 day campaign, over 1400 cats and dogs from the area are spayed or neutered. The GVI volunteers had the amazing opportunity to help out because of GVI's partnership with Coco's Animal Welfare. The volunteers got the opportunity to support during the surgeries and then monitor the recovery process and interact with the pets' owners before and after the operations. 

It is extremely rewarding to be able to be part of a such a beneficial campaign each year. Without VIDAS the majority of pet owners in this area would not have been able to sterilise their pets due to the high costs involved. 

We were also fortunate enough to be able to work with IFAW and Coco's recently to vaccinate 148 dogs against distemper and parvovirus in Tulum. The dogs were also administered with preventative medication for fleas, ticks and heartworm.  

Both of these are amazing campaigns and GVI-Mexico is proud to be part of them.  

Thank you for your continued support. 

With Gratitude, 


The vaccination van!
The vaccination van!


A new, loving home for one of our cats!
A new, loving home for one of our cats!

Dear Supporter,

Coco's Animal Welfare continues strengthening and rendering many services to the community in Playa del Carmen and surrounded areas. Coco’s is dedicated to reducing and controlling cat and dog populations through their permanent clinic facility as well as mobile spay and neuter clinics. Low cost or free sterilization is provided for pets, street dogs and cats, and animals rescued by local rescue groups.

We also work with families and communities providing on-site spay and neuter as well as transporting animals to and from their clinic, for those without the means to do so. Control of feral cats and community dogs is achieved through TNVR (trap, spay/neuter, vaccinate and return) programs in local neighborhoods. This program includes implementing the Cat Café program in hotels and resorts, providing TNVR for feral cats and community dogs, which includes an annual follow-up to ensure the health of the stable, non-reproducing populations of cats and dogs.

 In the last 5 years we have sterilized: 

  • 2313 feral cats
  • 3192 owner-assisted cats
  • 764 kittens rescued
  • 95 dogs rescued
  • 5120 owner-assisted dogs

We also run a kitten support program in which, regardless of the fact that space is limited, we can shelter around 15 kittens less than three months old, treat, tame and sterilize them. The objective is to find adoptive homes for all Coco’s kittens in our care. When kittens are rescued by other people and brought in we offer free vaccines, de-parasite, kitten milk, sterilization, and general medical care, helping the rescuers who take responsibility for adoption of kittens in their care.

Lately, we have successfully adopted out 5 cats- Freddy, Lalo, Lulu, Juliette and Mariel- to loving and responsible families.

Some other programs that we are involved in are the Dog Rescue Support Program, Cachito Fund, Cat Café, Wildlife Support and Community Outreach programs. We will tell you more about that in the following reports!  

As you can see, we are most certainly keeping busy here at Cocos and we greatly appreciate your kind and generous support.

All the best, 

Coco's Animal Resue 


Thank you for your help!
Thank you for your help!


Dear Supporter,

This past month was very special for the team and our partner Coco's Animal Welfare. For the last four months, we have been helping the animals in Invasores. This is a very poor area in Playa del Carmen and it has been very hard for us to just help the animals when the people are also in desperate need. Thanks to the amazing generosity of our supporters we were able to provide gifts to hundreds of kids, such as clothes and food.

The next time we went we were determined to help the local community further. Thanks to the amazing generosity of our supporters we were able to achieve this goal! We handed out hundreds of gifts to the children such as clothes and food.

We also managed to find the amazing Doctor Hector who came with our team to offer free consultations and give out free parasite medications to families in need. Many of the people were severely malnourished and with the help of Dr. Hector we were able to make an even bigger difference.

Of course, we did not forget about the animals and while we were there Coco's vets, assisted by our volunteers, offered free consultations and de-parasite medication. The volunteers also put on a puppet show to educate the children on the importance of animal welfare. The team also had time to sterilized approximately twenty dogs and cats.

Special thanks to everyone who supported this important project! We hope to be able to continue supporting the animals and the people of Invasores with the care they need.

And, of course, thank you for your continued support on this project.

All the best



Dear Supporter,

Whilst it is the holidays for most, the team at Coco's Cat Rescue in Playa del Carmen are busy preparing for the VIDAS free spay and neuter clinic from the 9th -14th January 2015. Recent donations from amazing people like you have helped to provide surgical equipment that wil be necessary to run this clinic. 

Our last report talked about the last clinic VIDAS and Coco's successfully ran. In 2014, VIDAS broke their record. 1613 animals were spayed and neutered in only 6 days at the yearly ViDAS clinic in Playa del Carmen.

Registration of the animals begins at 8am sharp and often people line up for hours to wait their turn. The animals are weighed and tagged, receive the deworming and pain medication and then the next steps begin. Not only are pets accepted, but many strays are brought in, as are the animals from the local pound.The owners wait in line until their number is called and their animal is taken into surgery. The surgery room team will then operate on the animals – there is a separate dog and cat operating room. 

The second step is the first recovery room. While the dogs are still semi-anesthetized, their nails are clipped, if they have any ticks they are removed and if they need flea/tick meds, they are applied here. The animals are monitored and once they are awake they are transported to the second recovery room.

The second recovery room is set up with sheets and towels on the floor and the owners can sit with the dogs as they are becoming more aware and in control of their bodies. The volunteers and vets in this room spend time assisting the owners and animals as well as educating them regarding the aftercare that will be required. The owners are provided with the necessary antibiotics for the animals, and pain medication when necessary. 

Once the dog is up and able to walk on their own, they are ready to go.

Thank you for all your support and happy holidays.

All the best

GVI Charitable Trust



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Global Vision International Charitable Trust

Location: Exeter, Devon - United Kingdom
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Project Leader:
Daniel Sitarenios
Exeter, Devon United Kingdom
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