A Thank You Note

A Thank You Note

8 February 2011 Animals in the Yucatan 0

Hello everyone of my friends at Evolucion!

I don't know if you remember me. My name is Eleanor and you saved my life and took really good care of me. Now I am living with a new owner, who is so wonderful. I have my own blanket and a really big house and my own yard to enjoy. I have been going on longer and longer walks all around the city and I just love walking around and seeing (and smelling) everything. I already know I can't go out without my walking leash on, but when I see it, I get so excited I can hardly control myself.

We walk in the morning, in the afternoon and even in the evening when it's nice and cool. I like walking so much I don't care if it's hot or not because I can come home and sleep on the cool tile floor, with plenty of water and great food too! What more can a girl ask for?

My owner trusts me enough that he leaves me in the house with all the doors open so I can come in or go out in back as I please. I have my water in the house and outside too! I am so spoiled these days! Today was the first time I had to be alone for a long time..almost three hours...but I knew he would be back and just made myself comfortable. I did miss him, but I waited! And, when he returned, I just went nuts! Wow! I was so happy and I could tell he was so happy too!

Sometimes my new owner speaks in English and sometimes in Spanish, but he knows DogTalk perfectly with his scratches, pats, strokes and calm voice! He even uses a hair brush to make me look pretty...every girl's dream!

I will sign off for now as he needs his computer back...just wanted to send my thanks and a big hug to all my friends at Evolucion! - los amo mucho!

Four Little Siblings

Mikki, Storm, Sandy and Twila are 7-8 weeks old puppies looking for a place to call home. They have been checked out by Dr. Nelson from Planned Pethood and are reported to be all in great health.

Twila is the baby... she weighed 1.12 kilos. The other three all weighed about 1.27-1.30 kilo's (and are gaining fast). They are just getting off the weaning food and are starting to play and run around the yard. They are so adorable.
If you want to give one or all of them a forever home, or if you have heard from anyone who can give one (or two) a forever or foster home please contact Denise Hanson, since she will be leaving for Canada soon and wants to find the puppies a home to live in and play in. She is even willing to pay for the spay/neuter at Dr. Nelson's office. Denise can be reached at 999-904-2760 and the puppies can be seen any time in Chelem... just call :)!

What To Do If You See An Animal Mistreated

If you see an animal being starved, beaten, chained, deprived of water or otherwise mistreated, the best thing to do is to report this to the City of Merida. There are laws and it is their responsibility to enforce those laws.

You can do this in two ways:

Through the website: http://www.merida.gob.mx/municipio/sitios/servicios/AtencionCiudadana/Principal_atencion.htm
Select “Registrar Solicitudes de Servicio”. Next, look for PROTECCION DE ANIMALES DOMESTICOS. It may be a bit tricky to fill out the form, but give it a try. Where it says “Seleccionar Colonia”, write the colonia where the mistreatment is taking place and then press “Buscar”.

By phone (but only if you can speak and understand Spanish). Call Subdireccion de Ecologia y Residuos Solidos del Ayuntamiento at 942-00-25 ext. 81461. Someone at that phone will ask for the information and give you a service number. Keep the number and call often to verify the status of your order.

Don’t stop doing this!! We have proven that by being persistent and respectful of the local laws, we can get people to listen!

Please let us know if you have any successes or failures with this process.

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 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.
Website: http://www.evolucionyucatan.com/
Email: snjbenson@yahoo.com (replies will be in English)
Phone: 9991-43-47-11

AFAD - Albergue Franciscano de Animal Desprotegido

The Franciscan Shelter for Unprotected Animals (ask for Lidia, who understands English, and many assistants/volunteers who speak 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.
Website: http://www.afad.org.mx
Email: afadmerida@gmail.com (replies will be in English)
Phone: 044-999-947-6319

YAPA - Yucatan Ayuda Para Animales

YAPA is a new organization, started by English-speaking expatriates to make it easier for those of us who don't understand Spanish very well to organize, volunteer and share our skills to help the animals of the Yucatan.

Anyone interested in volunteering, donating or finding out more should please contact Debbie Moore at debobway@gmail.com.

YAPA volunteers have spoken to the shelters and here is a short list of much-needed supplies. Anything you can donate to them would be much appreciated!!

Attention Dog and Cat Lovers:
YAPA (Yucatan Ayuda Por Animales) is a group of Mexicans and North Americans that just formed to support the overworked animal shelters in Merida. The shelters are in constant need of many items. If you are driving back to Merida, please consider bringing back some of the supplies listed below for the animals. If you are local, please donate any of these items. Email Kathleen at kawhite5284@yahoo.com to find out where to bring your supplies. What is needed:

  • Small, medium, and large pet carriers – to donate or sell at a low price to the shelters (WE NEED THESE URGENTLY!!)
  • Old collars and leashes
  • Old dog or cat bowls (preferably stainless steel but will take any kind)
  • Medicines – mostly need doxiciclina, available at any pharmacy
  • Fabric like old towels, sheets, and bedding, old jeans, t-shirts
  • Old buckets, large
  • Dog food - Pedigree or Sportsman’s Choice (available at Sam’s Club: yellow bag, not blue)
  • Cat food (Whiskas or Costco’s Maintenance)
  • Shampoo (cheap kind is OK)
  • Bleach and Baking soda (available by the kilo at Farmacia Comercio)
  • Amitrax (to get rid of ticks), available at Planned Pethood

Thanks for your help!

Also, the shelters need pet carriers. If you have some to donate, please contact Jill Benson at snjbenson@yahoo.com or call her on her cel phone: 999-143-4711.

YAPA is still urgently looking for foster homes to foster a number of abandoned kittens and dogs until we can find more permanent homes for them. If you haven’t already signed up for foster care opportunities, please email linda.letcher@yahoo.com and I will gladly add you to our Doggie or Kitty Foster care database.


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