With the aim of raising awareness about abandoned animals on the streets of Mexico, the first hotel for dogs and cats living in this situation was inaugurated in the country’s capital, offering free boarding, veterinary care, sterilization, esthetics and adoption.
“Unfortunately, I don’t think even half the population is aware of the problem of abandoned animals, of the problem of having dogs and cats on the street,” Óscar Maximiliano Verdeja, who is in charge of receiving the animals at the place, told EFE.
Located in the humble neighborhood of Tepito, in the center of Mexico City, the hotel has space for some 50 pets, including dogs and cats, where they can find free veterinary, sterilization, beauty and adoption services.
The objective, said Verdeja, is to help improve the lives of dogs and cats that do not have a home, are abandoned and roam the streets of the city.
In 2022 alone, Mexico ranked third in Latin America in animal abuse and first in the number of stray dogs.
According to the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (Inegi), of the 27 million pets in the country, 70% of cats and dogs are abandoned, meaning that only 5.4 million animals have a home, while the rest live on the streets.
In addition, Mexico City’s Procuraduría Ambiental y del Ordenamiento Territorial estimates that some 500,000 pets are abandoned every year in the country.
The space, inaugurated by Sandra Cuevas, head of the Cuauhtémoc mayor’s office, went from being a garbage dump to become this rehabilitated space for animal care.
According to the policy, the hotel will be supervised by animal activists and defenders to ensure that the needs of the tenants of the place are met. At the moment, about 10 people are working in the hotel to care for the first three guests.
“What we are looking for is to make this world a better place than we found it,” said the mayor.
The place will also have the support of the neighboring municipalities of Miguel Hidalgo and Cuajimalpa, which will offer free crematories and veterinary hospitals.
“The idea is that there will be no more mistreatment of animals and that those who live on the streets, who are abandoned, will have a safe and comfortable place, where they will also be given the option of being adopted by a family,” said Cuevas.