Voluntourism: Helping Pets in Puerto Vallarta

Things to Do — By Robin N. on February 15, 2011 at 7:52 pm

It’s not uncommon for animal lovers to want to do some good once they see the conditions that many of the animals in Mexico live under. There are many dedicated groups and people working hard to help control the unwanted pet population and educate people on the proper way to care for their animals.

If you are traveling to the Puerto Vallarta area and want to help out either by donating time, money or supplies, here are a few ways you can make a difference:

  1. 1. Donate time. Connect with a local group such as PEACE to find out when their events are. PEACE organizes and runs no-cost spay and neuter clinics throughout the area, focusing on rural areas where incomes are low and veterinary care is scarce. Volunteers are needed to prepare the animals for surgery and monitor them as they awake after. Volunteering at a clinic will give you a chance to see some of the real Mexico, away from the hotels and shopping malls of Puerto Vallarta. It’s also a great way to meet other volunteers in the area and the work is simple enough that older children are able to help too. Adoption events are another place to volunteer, whether it’s holding dogs on a leash or simply talking to interested parties about how to adopt a pet in Mexico and bring it home.
  2. Adopt a pet. If you are looking for a companion and cherished friend, why not adopt a dog or cat during your vacation? Whether it’s one of the many animals up for adoption through events or in the local shelters, or one that is running wild around the grounds of your hotel or condo, they could use a forever home. A quick trip to the vet for some shots and a health form and you’ll be able to bring your new friend home to the US or Canada without a hassle.
  3. Make a donation. Cash is obviously the most needed donation but there are other things you can donate too. Leashes, muzzles, collars, bowls and blankets are all needed as is food, flea control, medicine and medical supplies for the clinics. Contact someone with a local animal rescue organization to see what they need most. Sometimes all they need is someone to bring already donated supplies down with them!
  4. Be a foster home. The shelters are overflowing and the homes of many volunteers are already packed to the rafters with rescued pets. If you’re staying in Puerto Vallarta for an extended time, consider being a foster home. Any time and love that you can give these animals will be a wonderful thing. Bringing them to local adoption events and spreading the word through your contacts can help place these loving animals in the homes they deserve.

For cat lovers, contact Janina Erban of Paraiso Felino at  (322) 120-4092 (from within Puerto Vallarta) or contact PEACE for additional information on clinics and other rescue groups.

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