"Mexico" Mike - Ex-media spokesman, Mexico Tourism Ministry. Named Mexico expert by NY Times, Wall Street Journal, TX Monthly, Guardian (UK), Mexico City News, Atención (San Miguel de Allende)
For animal lovers, one of the most difficult challenges of traveling in Mexico is the large number of stray dogs roaming the countryside, towns and cities. Even more disheartening is the way many people treat their "pets." One Mexican woman explained it to me thusly: The Church teaches us that animals have no souls, so we should not devote love to them. Of course, not every Mexican feels that way, but it is common.
But you know, there is a lot of animal neglect and abuse in the USA too, so we should not point fingers - just offer helping hands.
That is interesting. Catholic churches in the USA seem to take the opposite view. So I guess it is a regional difference.
Spaying and neutering are not common. Thankfully, some foreigners and Mexican citizens do what they can to improve the quality of life for dogs and cats. I will list a few spay and neuter programs or animal rescue organizations here. If you know of any legitimate ones, please pass them on and I will list them. Then, those who come to this site can perhaps donate, or when they come down, visit and help or bring supplies.
Isla Animals - operated by Jeff and Allison Sawyer with the help of many Isla Mujeres local volunteers. They have been rescuing animals on Isla Mujeres formally since 1999. They are a 501(c)3 organization in the States. They are upbeat and could use your help. Go visit when you are down there.
Snipsisters - spay and neuter program organized by two Canadian women for the Huatulco, Oaxaca area. Volunteer-supported, they work with vets from Pto. Vallarta, Jalisco and provide free surgeries to local residents. How can you not love a group with a sense of humor about their name? Anyway, visit their site to see how you can help and if you are heading to Huatulco, Oaxaca, maybe you could lend a hand (or a paw).