A well-known association dedicated to rescuing stray animals, sent some 400 Yucatecan dogs to Canada, where organizations in favor of animals received them, to provide them with a worthy home.
Representatives of these actions assured that in that country the puppies are well received and sheltered by families looking for a pet.
This program has been carried out for eight years, and by the end of 2023 they hope to send even more puppies to that nation, where there is a deep-rooted adoption culture.
Before traveling, the puppies must undergo medical examinations to rule out diseases or parasites; they also informed that the main challenge continues to be feeding.
Mérida, the capital city of Yucatán, is home to many stray dogs and cats who roam the streets in search of food, shelter, and safety. These animals face many challenges, such as diseases, injuries, abuse, neglect, and starvation. Some of them are abandoned by their owners who can no longer care for them or fear that they might spread COVID-19. According to the state Ministry of Health, more than 50,000 dogs and cats live on the streets in Yucatán. Annually, 2,000 dogs die in the streets of Mérida, an average of five a day.
To address this problem, several private organizations have stepped in to help these animals in need. They offer services such as rescue, adoption, sterilization, education, and shelter. Some of these organizations are ACCIÓN PROANIMAL, AFAD, and Evolución. They rely on donations and volunteers to sustain their operations and improve the situation of animals.
However, they face many difficulties, such as limited resources, space, and personnel. They also encounter resistance from some people who do not support their cause or mistreat animals. Therefore, they need more awareness and support from the public and the government to make a difference in the lives of these animals.