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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

Der Supporter,

After identifying a large over population of stray cats and dogs here in Playa del Carmen, many non-for profit organisations have been created to tackle this situation. The GVI Playa community hub has been working with Coco’s Cat Rescue and International Fund for Animal Welfare for almost a year now. During this time, GVI has been able to meet volunteers from other organisations or just those who have giant hearts for helping animals in the community. One of which happens to be a giant organisation named ViDAS.

ViDAS is a non-profit organization founded by made up of veterinarians, veterinary students and other animal lovers dedicated to improving the lives of animals and people through veterinary medicine and education. For six years, ViDAS brought together vets, veterinary students, volunteers and organisations including Coco’s Cat Rescue and IFAW annually for one enormous sterilization program. For 6 days, ViDAS takes over a large space to provide the locals free veterinary service, including rescuing stray animals for spay or neuter. 

There were approximately 100 people involved and local companies donated generously all the food (hot lunches and snacks), drinks (bottled water, soft drinks, juices, power drinks), towels, surgery supplies, and much more. GVI would like to thank our partners Coco’s Cat Rescue for the training, their patience and involving us in one of their biggest campaigns of the year.

It has been an achievement for the GVI Community hub to be able to work and meet passionate people in the community. It has been an achievement to be a part of a successful campaign for the benefit and welfare of cats and dogs and animal lovers in Playa del Carmen. For our volunteers and interns and staff specifically who were involved, their achievement lies in the knowledge and experience they have gained from their work.

The aim of ViDAS was to raise awareness to the public about the necessity of animal care, to promote being a responsible owner and to understand the importance of spaying or neutering your pets and also to work with local veterinarians and municipalities on sustainable and humane solutions to overpopulation[4] . With the help of all the people who they have had help volunteer, all owners who brought in their pets, and to all the rescued stray animals, the campaign achieved its goal and the GVI Playa Community hub cannot wait to be a part of the next one

Thank you for supporting this project!

GVI Mexico



Dear Supporter,

Our local partners Coco’s Cat Rescue is currently raising funds for the everyday needs of the animals it looks after. We are raising funds to help supply Frontline (anti-flea) and other supplies such as cat food, surgical instruments, donations for medicine/surgeries etc. The centre runs solely on donations as sometimes they do not even charge for their services. 

Part of Coco's mission is also to develop a better cultural understanding and acceptance of animals in Mexico. A week ago, Coco’s was invited to present a class on caring for and respecting animals at the Ludoteca, a care center for children. The Ludoteca is run by Save the Children and supported by GVI, and provides a program for children with no where else to go during the day. Our group consisted of Laura and Violetta, with Dr. Laura from Cocos, joined by Joaquin from IFAW and Dr. Roxana from Medivet. Their first lesson was about pet care and then teams of five drew pictures about what they had learned. Afterwards,they were taught how to introduce themselves to Manny, the dog we brought with us.The grand finale was the song Violetta had written for them, about taking care of animals.

Coco's are committed to education to ensure responsible pet ownership and challenge negative attitudes and behaviors towards feral cats and street dogs. Their long term mission is to greatly reduce the number of unwanted dogs and cats in our mission area, and to continue to expand.

Thank you for continuing to support this project!

All the best

GVI Mexico


Dear Supporter, 

This month we have been working tirelessly to aid our partners Coco’s Cat Rescue in preparing for their 5th anniversary fundraising event. Coco’s, which runs entirely on donations, provides valuable services to the cats and dogs within the community here in Playa. Their annual fundraising event is a large source of revenue for the team in Las Flores, without which they would struggle to remain in operation. It equally presents them with the rare opportunity to raise awareness on their activities and potentially increase support.

Coco’s is run by a small and dedicated team whom we assist in the essential service they provide in Playa. However this team has neither the time nor resources to execute a large awareness campaign and gain sponsorship from the community. This is where we took up the mantle of fundraisers and official procurers of sponsors for the event. With clipboards in hand and our red GVI shirts gleaming in the sun, we took the streets of Playa to tell the world (well, the people of Playa) about Coco’s and why we needed their help.


We managed to gain a large number of exciting and valuable items for both the online and the live auctions which would take place at the event itself. These included donations of art work, jewellery, dinners for two at local restaurants, tickets for tours such as The Jungle Maya tour (worth $2,250 pesos), entrances to the legendary Coco Bongo, diving equipment and instruction, tattoo vouchers, gym membership, yoga lessons and many, many more.

The fundraising not only served to gain donations and prizes for the event but also enabled us to raise awareness of Coco’s mission, GVI’s commitment to community development in Playa and advocate responsible care of animals. As representatives of GVI on behalf of Coco’s we were active and highly visible within the community and fulfilling GVI’s community outreach objectives.

All our work culminated in the online auction, which took place the week preceding the event and raised $3798 USD, and the actual fundraising event, tickets were $200 pesos in advance or $250 on the night which took place on Sunday 9th March. At this event the remaining items were displayed for auction. Coco’s t-shirts were also on sale. And of course we were there in force supporting our partners Coco’s and enjoying their contributions coming to fruition.  

Coco’s were extremely grateful for our assistance in this venture as they lack the resources and manpower to achieve this level of sponsorship. We do not yet know the final amount raised but we hope that the generosity of the public and businesses of Playa will be reflected in a large total which reflects the work, dedication and worthiness of this cause. We hope that the fundraising, sponsorship and event will enable Coco’s to continue and expand (they have some advocacy campaigns and mobile clinic ventures in the pipeline) here in Playa and the wider Quinta Roo region. 

Thank you for supporting this project.

All the best

GVI Mexico 


Dear Supporter,

Thank you for getting on board with our new animal welfare initiative in Mexico so quickly!

Coco’s Cat Rescue is a non-profit organization with a no kill policy, dedicated to reduce the cat population in Playa del Carmen through the TNR (trap spay/neuter and return) program for feral cats, and the rescue, treat, spay/neuter, and tame program for kittens under 3 months, finding a permanent loving home for all the rescued kittens in care

Coco’s Cat Recue provides free or low cost spay/neuter surgeries and basic pet care to those on a low income. While the primary focus is on cats, Coco's clinic also provides spay/neuter services for dogs.

IFAW was founded in 1969, the International Fund for Animal Welfare saves individual animals, animal populations and habitats all over the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW provides hands-on assistance to animals in need, whether it's dogs and cats, wildlife and livestock, or rescuing animals in the wake of disasters

Coco’s have 2 vets per day working tirelessly to neuter, fix and spay all the cats and dogs that come through the door. As volunteers/assistance we have been aiding the vets with minor surgical procedures such as removing drips and administering care in the pre and post operation phase

It is a very busy clinic, this is symptomatic of the acute nature of the problem Coco’s innovative programme is tackling. There are over 30 million stray dogs in the whole of Mexico. It's an exponential problem that urges us all to become part of the solution. Two dogs can ultimately be responsible for up to 4,000 puppies in 7 years! Stray animals have become a health risk all over the world as their faeces carry organisms that can cause problems not only for humans but also for other pets.

Coco’s is doing fantastic work in attempting to reduce the stray dog and cat problem in Playa del Carmen. GVI are proud to be working alongside such dedicated individuals. We hope to see quantifiable results within a few years, but in the meantime we are confident that Coco’s is improving the lives of animals within Playa del Carmen.

Many thanks

GVI Playa del Carmen team



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Global Vision International Charitable Trust

Location: Exeter, Devon - United Kingdom
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Daniel Sitarenios
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