The wild dogs of Mexico are flea and tick infested. They are diseased and hungry. They are unloved and disposable. And their average lifespan is a scant one to three years. But there is a ray of hope.
Since 2001, Alison Sawyer has dedicated her life to curbing the unchecked breeding that fills Mexico's streets with unwanted animals. She founded Isla Animals, a nonprofit animal rescue organization on Isla Mujeres in Quintana Roo, Mexico, that provides spay/neuter clinics, little-to-no-cost veterinary services and vaccinations, pet owner education, and animal foster care and adoption. Since its inception, Isla Animals has spayed/neutered more than 12,000 dogs and cats and has rescued more than 6,000 animals from Mexico's streets.
The award-winning documentary about Isla Animals, Last in Line
Isla Animals hosts spay/neuter, vaccination and wellness clinics periodically in different Mexican cities to treat as many animals as possible in a few days' time. Simply put, without Isla Animals' valiant efforts, thousands of unwanted dogs and cats would fall victim to a slow death by starvation or disease. And these animals deserve better. Why is spay and neuter needed?
The average number of litters a fertile dog can have a year: 2
The average number of puppies per litter: 8
Thus, in 6 years, 1 dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies
What keeps these numbers from being astounding is that only 1/4 of those puppies actually survive because of the environment they are born into. This is what we are working to prevent.
The average number of litters a fertile cat can have a year: 3
The average number of kittens per litter: 5
Thus, in 7 years, 1 cat and her offspring can produce 420,000 kittens
In the past years thousands of cats and dogs have been spayed or neutered on Isla Mujeres. This represents an astronomical number of unwanted births avoided! While science continues to work on an easier fix, surgical spay and neuter has proven to be effective.
Isla Animals offers FREE spay & neuter every Thursday at their clinic.
Rescued dogs - The incredible transformations!
Thank you Alison, for your love, care and dedication to these animals. And to all of the volunteers that help keep your mission alive!