Adopt Rocky!

Adopt Rocky!

22 February 2011 Animals in the Yucatan 1

Rocky will rock your heart

Rocky is currently being fostered by Sherry Wisor-Hoover, who unfortunately will be leaving for North of the Border soon.  Rocky has quickly become accustomed to the ‘good life’ and if we could possibly find a forever home for him, it would be greatly appreciated!

Rocky is a beautiful German Shepherd who, as you can see from earlier pictures, was rescued and very thin to the point of emaciation. We had heard word of someone closing up their home and leaving behind their dog with no food or water.Rocky was literally left to starve to death! Upon investigation, we were able to obtain the help needed to enter the home and rescue Rocky.

It took many, many months of rehab to bring Rocky back to health at Evolucion and most recently he’s been under Sherry’s nurturing care. His blood work, cough and skin infections have healed beautifully and as you can see from the pictures, Rocky has even gained a few pounds! He still is fighting a low blood platelet count,that is treatable and once back under control, Rocky will be cleared for neutering.

In spite of all he’s been through, Rocky is an extremely loving and docile dog who shows great trust in his human companions. Rocky is fully house trained and follows Sherry around wagging his tail. Even when Sherry leaves him alone at home, he is a perfect gentleman and has no issues. His is an amazing story of strength and survival.

For more info on Rocky contact

Linda Letcher


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:
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. Linda Letcher 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)

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.
Email: (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

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 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  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 and I will gladly add you to our Doggie or Kitty Foster care database.


  • Suz 7 years ago

    Rocky looks to be doing great, thanks to Evolución and now Sherry! Someone take advantage of this opportunity and acquire the perfect impressive addition to your beach home security measures, the time is right!!!!!!

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