Mexico's attitude toward animals is quite a ways behind ours north of the border. Dogs and cats might be selected as cute presents and then basically ignored. Perhaps they're fed but they usually live outside, sometimes on the roof, and rarely get any kind of training. Sometimes they're chained up in a garage. Spaying and neutering is not the norm, so they continue to have puppies. Eventually they may be abandoned to the street or brought into the shelter.
It's tough to change attitudes but this group works on that too. They have a program for school kids to come and work with the animals, they hold spay/neuter clinics, and produce educational materials.
We've been there several times now to take the dogs for a walk and I'm amazed at the number of dogs, puppies, and kittens that they're able to place. Lots of puppies and kittens available now that spring's here--22 puppies as of today.
The older cats don't fare so well so they get spayed or neutered and then released back to the street.
Yesterday when Harry and I went by with some leashes and collars that Linette had brought down from Canada, Edgar was taking this female border collie mix to the vet. She's a sweetheart, about a year and a half old in treatment for tumor-like venereal disease. Her last treatment was yesterday and now they're looking for a home for her.
Another little dog was brought in by a woman who picked her up from the street as a little puppy a few months ago and now wanted to trade it for one that's prettier. Edgar received the pup and nicely told the woman that she couldn't have another dog with that attitude. The dog is a busy little thing and super freiendly. I'm sure she'll find a better home soon.
Edgar was telling us about picking up street dogs. They used to do this but now they don't have the time. It takes between one and three hours before a dog even if it's very hungry will come closer than five or six feet, even for food. Sometimes they used to lope along behind the dog following it until it tired out or was cornered. Now they get dogs that are picked up by the public and brought in. The feral ones are gradually introduced to people and eventually can learn to walk on a leash. These two are just about ready to be walked.
Here are just a few more of the dogs waiting for homes. Which one would you take?