As I’ve traveled through Mexico i have seen that the homeless animal problems are very prevalent In some towns the population of animals to people is 2 to 1. There are very few programs here to help these staving, ill and lonely animals. Sadly in many towns the strays are ignored, beaten, and even killed. While there are some people that will feed them, for the most part these animals will never be made a part of their families or ever know what love is. Inexpensive programs that provide spay and neuter services are not widely available here. The other problem is those type of services are typically provided in larger cities so the small towns still have no access to good vet services for their animals.
There are some programs PATA, Human Society International, Dogs with out Borders, Mazatlan animal rescue, to name a few that I have found that are considered no kill shelters or organizations. Education of animal cruelty also seems to be an issue here. In some areas the Mexican culture doesn’t believe in spay and neutering some even believe to do so makes the animal Gay… or lowers there Manly hood! Even worse many are raised to believe that animals are dirty and are to be treated as if they are below us so they abuse and beat them. To see more about how serious the problem is here pick up a copy of the award winning Companions to none, It is a very honest look into the problems here.
The unfortunate problem is that many of the programs here don’t have the money needed to take in all the homeless pets and the manner of euthanasia is far from a humane the “go to Sleep” drug typically used. According to the Humane Society International, phenobarbital, the drug most used to euthanize animals in the States, has been denied to Mexican veterinarians. They use electrocution instead. It’s a painful and inhumane death, but it is inexpensive and available. Some areas here use poison, drowning, shooting and even worse beating these poor creatures death to try to resolve the problem of over population.
Even in many of the shelters here the animals are sick with kennel cough, fleas, and malnutrition. All of the places depend on donations, of any kind. Anything from food to detergent is accepted at most. The place we visited there were not nearly enough kennels available and extremely over populated. We were told by a volunteer that nearly on daily bases when them come into work there are animals tied up out front. Many of them are severely injured, abused or neglected. On this particular day there were two with broken legs that were healing and a couple with leg injuries. It was to say the least heart breaking. I asked the volunteer how long the animals typically stay? She said a couple of months or longer but there was one that had already spent a very long time at the shelter and most likely would live his life out there. There were two smaller kennels full of puppies and a large Cat and kitten population all which are mostly in one large cage. The volunteers were all very nice and caring to the furr babies. But because of finances they can only really do in depth care once the animal has been adopted. Including any kind of spaying, neutering and shots.
After looking around for awhile we actually fell in love with a little girl she’s about 3 yrs old but nobody knows for sure. She looked so shy and scraggly in need of some love. I just wanted to hold her and make it okay for her. We are pretty sure she is a chihuahua wire hired terrier mix. They had us wait for a little over a week before we could take her home because of her leg injures. When we went to pick her up we were told she still hadn’t been spayed because she was sick. That we would need to bring her back in a week for the surgery.
When we got Kiki (Her new name) home we soon relised that she was really sick with kennel cough, under weight and had flea’s. Daily I started feeding her a mixture of pro 1 small dog food mixed with protein and broth. Daily baths in dish soap trying to kill the flea’s and got her on flea medication. We brought her back in to get spayed but sadly she was still just to sick. We got her started on antibiotics she is at this time on her second round. She ended up getting a really bad eye infection too. It was obvious that Kiki had been a street dog not house trained and not much human interaction. We began taking her on walks in the evenings and of course lavishing her with love. Slowly she has begun to turn around she’s happier waging her tail jumping up on the couch and eating better. She’s a quick learner just a few accidents inside that I cleaned up and took her and the mess out to where she should do her business and a few days later she goes there not in the house. I’m a strong believer in training with reward of doing good rather than scolding. In less than a week she is sitting when asked, walking well on the leash and going potty outside. Proof that a street animal that is well loved and patiently trained can be an awesome family pet. She really is amazing, sweet and strong. Her desire to love and be loved has won her a place in our hearts forever.
Because of the conditions at the rescue Jeff and I decided to not return her there. She has a private veterinarian now that we are working with to get her healthy. As soon as she’s strong enough he will be doing the spaying.
Kiki’s favorite place to sleep now or on next to my head on my pillow. Be sure to keep checking in for the updates and Kiki’s adventures.