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A Benefit for Merida's Pets

A Benefit for Merida's Pets

27 November 2006 News 8

This Friday December 1st, AFAD, which stands for Albergue Franciscano del Animal Desprotegido (Franciscan Shelter for Vulnerable Animals), is having a benefit dinner party to raise money. The party will start at 8:00 PM and will be located at a private home on Calle 22 #197 x 13 in Garcia Gineres. The cost to attend is $150 pesos per person. The money will all go to benefit the cats and dogs that are cared for at the AFAD shelter.

If you don't know about AFAD, read our article about the dog shelter run by this group. If you want to help the dogs and cats that are rescued by this worthy and hard working team, please contact Lidia at either her home (920-5019) or at her cell phone (044-9999-47-63-19).

The group is raising money to build roofs over the shelter pens so that the rescued dogs can stay dry when it rains. They also need money to outfit their operating room so they can increase their spaying and neutering operations, which they conduct with local vets at no or reduced fees. Any additional money will go to the ongoing costs of feeding and caring for the 30 to 40 dogs and 20 or so cats that the shelter cares for at any one time.

If you don't want to call, just show up at the event. If you don't want to go to the event, but want to donate money, just call Lidia. If you want to adopt a dog, please go to AFAD and rescue your companion from the shelter. If you don't speak Spanish but want to do something, contact us at

The work of AFAD is not just about rescuing the dogs and cats from lives of starvation or abuse, but also about educating the local people about improving the care of our animal friends. Thank you in advance for anything you can do to help.

For more information, visit AFAD's website.


  • jessica 11 years ago


    I just started a petition agains Puppy mills and I would like you to sign the petition and tell everybody else to do it.
    If you would like to get the petition with signatures and post it here for the doggies in Mexico please let me



  • jessica 11 years ago


    I just want to let you know I haven't forgotten about the link in my website and I haven't gone to Merida, but I will do both soon and I will let you know.

    Thank you

  • Zoe 11 years ago

    Please note: Lidia speaks English!

  • Working Gringos 11 years ago

    Here is the website of a group in Peru that contacted us to please help them get out the word about their work as well. You can see the great work that they do already at their website:
    They need donations of equipment, medicine and money. They are working on setting up a Paypal account as well. The director, Francisco Cavero, speaks and writes English. Feel free to email him at

  • Working Gringos 11 years ago

    We would love that. When you get your website working, please link to this page. We will be talking to AFAD about creating a web page for them as well, and a Paypal account to make donations easier. We'll let our readers know when it's ready.

  • jessica 11 years ago

    My name is Jessica and I am a Yucateca like we say in Merida. I have been living in Detroit Michigan for 7 years and I love animals. I adopted one dog 5 years ago and he is the best dog I could have.

    Right now I am kind of complicated because I don't have a job but I would like to help dogs or any animal from my home town. I am going to have an online store of hammocks from Yucatan and I would like to have a link to help you with donations. People in the USA help animals more than in Mexico and it could be a chance to have a link with a picture and small explanation of what you do to help these dogs or cats.

    Please let me know so I could start helping you from my website.

    Thank you and I do speak spanish.

    Jessica Rodriguez

  • Working Gringos 11 years ago

    He is precious, isn't he? That is a photo taken of our dog, URL, two days after we found him starving and dying on the side of the road just outside of Taxco. He's a LOT bigger than that now! (Click on his photo to see more recent pictures).

  • Marie 11 years ago

    You made my day with this article! I love dogs, have two myself and was worried about the treatment of animals there and if there was a "shelter" type organization. By the way, that puppy is precious!!!!! Thanks for the article.

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