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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

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 


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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: London - United Kingdom
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Project Leader:
Daniel Sitarenios
Exeter, Devon United Kingdom
$15,389 raised of $18,000 goal
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