Animals in the Yucatan / A Puppy or a Grown Dog... You Decide!

A Puppy or a Grown Dog... You Decide!

A Puppy or a Grown Dog... You Decide!

20 July 2010 Animals in the Yucatan 2

First of All...

A big Thank You and congratulations to everyone who participated in the low cost spay/neuter clinic at Planned Pethood yesterday.  As always, thank you so much to Dr. Tony, Dr. Nelson and Dr. Liliana and their staff at Planned Pethood for this event. Special thank you to the volunteers - Deb, Janice, Lin and Peter (Pedro el Guapo), Viv, Priscilla, Steve, Liz, and Claudia and her mother, and to the vet techs  - everyone who took time out of their Sunday to help with the clinic - Thank you!

We had space to sterilize 30 cats, and with an overrun of 41 appointments, we guessed it....exactly 30 appointments show up for the clinic.  This may seem like only a handful of animals, but cats have a birth rate of 2.3 litters, with 6 kittens per litter on average each year.  I don't have our exact gender breakdown, but if half the cats were female, this means that WE AVOIDED 360 UNWANTED BIRTHS in the first year alone.  For those who are taking in kittens to foster, we know this means a lot!  Also, this number grows exponentially (because those kittens have kittens, and so on), meaning we have avoided thousands of potential births that could have occurred over the next few years.

So to everyone, with all my heart, thank you for this! (You can see all the photos of the event here)

Still Loving and Sweet!!

This is Blancita and she is ready for adoption.  She was brought to Evolución almost a year ago when her owner abandoned her as a puppy. She loves to run and play and absolutely loves people!  Since she was a puppy, she has only known shelter life, but has the best personality and always seems happy.  At Evolución, she has space to run and play, but she does not get the one on one attention she so richly deserves - she would make a wonderful pet for a loving family. 

For more information, please contact 9991-43-47-11 or

Boxer Dog Wants YOU!

Check out Chata!  This beautiful 4 year old boxer is ready for a loving family to adopt her. She was likely owned at one time and abandoned for some reason.  She is very sweet!  She was found in the streets by a kind lady who gave her food and water and has taken her in on a temporary basis.  She loves to play and is very obedient and has already been spayed! 

For information in Spanish, please call 9999-00-12-97. 

In English, please call 9991-43-47-11 or email

Puppies? Did You Say You Wanted Some Puppies?

Check out these cute puppies! They are so cute, aren't they? A wonderful young man found these 2 puppies in the street and was kind enough to take them in, but he can't keep them.  Both puppies will be neutered and vaccinated before adopting. They are good strong 100% Yucatecan puppies... bound to live healthy, happy lives and be wonderful companions if they have a loving home. These dogs are incredibly healthy if they are given a chance at life, with genetics that have allowed them to survive this far. In Yucatan, they are called malixes (pronounced MAH-leash-ez)... give one a try! And oh, what cute little dogs they are going to be... one with that wonderful black & white face! How can you resist?

For your malix puppy, please call 9991-43-47-11 or email

One More Thing!

It's so wonderful to see a successful adoption, isn't it? A few months ago, Working Gringa found a very bedraggled little white dog in the park in Ermita. The dog was obviously distraught and lost and hungry and thirsty... and very dirty. WG picked her up and brought her home, and then brought her to AFAD, hoping that they would find a home for her. And guess what? They did! One of AFAD's volunteers who fosters dogs fell so in love with her, that she kept her. She gave her what she called "an extreme makeover", fixed her and named her Mikah... and now the two of them are living happily every after! Look at these wonderful photos!

If You Want to Adopt...

Keep in mind that many people here in Mexico generally want purebred dogs of recognizable breeds, completely passing by the healthy, happy and hearty mixed-breed dogs (malixes) that abound here (largely as a result of the twin tendencies to let dogs roam the street and to be unwilling to spay or neuter the dogs).

Please Support Yucatan's Independently-Run Animal Shelters

Here are the two animal shelters in Merida that are mentioned above. If you want a new dog, please look here first. If you have lost a dog, look here first as well.

If you have found a dog you cannot keep, please contact them for instructions. If they are able to give the dog a temporary home, they will. We encourage you to be generous with a donation when you bring them a stray dog.

If you are visiting Merida and want to take a dog home, please know that this is NOT difficult and they can help!

For information about the situation of companion animals in Mexico, go to Companions to None.

Evolución, Albergue y Santuario (Shelter and Sanctuary)

Evolución is located in Uman, south of Merida. Sylvia runs this large enclosed shelter like a bed & breakfast for dogs, giving them lots of space to roam free. Jill Benson helps out and will be the one talking to you if you wish to adopt a dog. Evolución has events, like dog baths, that you can participate in if you want to visit the dogs. Just give them a call! If you don't see a pet you like on these pages, give Evolución a call and arrange to visit to find your perfect companion.
Email: (replies will be in English)
Phone: 9991-43-47-11

AFAD - Albergue Franciscano de Animal Desprotegido

Franciscan Shelter for Unprotected Animals (ask for Lidia, who understands English) AFAD has these dogs and more at their shelter in north Merida, just off the Periferico on the way to Cholul. They think it is very important that, if you want to adopt a dog or cat, you come and meet with them at the shelter. AFAD is very careful about the families that they allow to adopt dogs, and the conditions that the dogs will be kept in on a daily basis. If you know that you will give a dog a loving home for the rest of its natural life, please visit AFAD to find the dog that it is just right for you!

AFAD is only open Saturdays and Sundays between 11 am and 2 pm. This is when the volunteers are there to assist you with the dogs, and to explain the adoption process. AFAD is located almost opposite the University Modelo on the road to Cholul (orange fence and gate cafe).

You may not see a dog from AFAD on this page, but if you live in the North and want to adopt a dog, call or email AFAD right away and they will help you out! There are always more wonderful dogs and cats looking for a home than people to adopt them.
Email: (replies will be in English)
Phone: 044-999-947-6319



  • Working Gringos 7 years ago

    Absolutely... I'm excited for the lucky two dogs that are going to be a part of your family. My suggestion would be to keep an open mind about the kind of dog you want to adopt. It is easier to find homes for established breeds of dogs, like German Shepherds, because Mexicans think somehow they are better dogs. They are wonderful dogs (aren't they all?), but the mixed breed Mexican dogs are also wonderful... and well suited to this climate. Why not just wait til you get here, and then go to visit the two shelters named in the article? They each have a lot of dogs that are looking for homes... and surely you and your children will be able to find two that you fall in love with. If you are willing to get two dogs, there may even be a special case of two dogs that have lived together and are looking for a common home. If we can help you in any way, contact us at

  • Chad Lopes 7 years ago

    We are planning to move to the Yucatan area early August 2010 and would really like to adopt a Chihuauah and a German Shepherd we look forward to coming to town with our 3 children do you have any suggestions???

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