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Hula, Jeep Mama & Puppies

Hula, Jeep Mama & Puppies

13 October 2010 Animals in the Yucatan 1

Can you Hula?
Hula is a very sociable, affectionate Beagle who loves to play! She brings toys when she wants to play and loves playing catch. She is 14 months young and very well trained. Hula’s living situation recently changed and as a result, Hula is in need of a new forever home.
Hula comes ‘fully equipped’! Her adoptive family will receive a 3-month supply of Hula’s favorite dog food, collar, leash, feeding dishes and vaccination records. She was spayed a month ago, so she is ready to roll!
If you would like to adopt Hula please contact:
Jill Benson: snjbenson yahoo com

Jeep Mama and Babies!
Jeep Mama is a young mother who was found under a Jeep along with her 6 (yes…6!) puppies in Progreso. They were thankfully moved from under the Jeep (the Jeep owner was a peach about the whole thing and actually didn’t move his car for weeks!) and now live in an empty lot where they are being looked after. They are doing very well considering the circumstances, but are in need of their forever home.
Mama is exceptionally friendly and smart! She can ‘sit’, ‘shake’ and will take kibbles out of your hand – she is very ladylike! Volunteers have made arrangements for Mama to be spayed.
If you would like to adopt, or foster Mama and/or a baby or two (or six!), please contact:
Cindy Wagner: cindywagner1023 gmail com or Jill Benson: snjbenson yahoo com

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. 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

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.


  • YAPA 7 years ago

    Just want you to know we have a blog/web presence also!

    Thank you so much for what you are doing to help the animales!

    mil gracias!

    Debi, for YAPA

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