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Houston, TX, November 22, 2017 ― 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.
Isla Animals recently announced its latest spay/neuter, vaccination and wellness clinic taking place in Rancho Viejo from December 1-5. Isla Animals hosts these clinics periodically in different Mexican cities to treat as many animals as possible in a few days’ time. The organization launched a GoFundMe campaign to help raise financial support for the vital veterinary services needed for this event. 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.
Isla Animals founder Alison Sawyer moved from the United States to Mexico in 2001 to retire and focus on making pottery. Her life changed forever when she became overwhelmed by the volume of animals suffering in the streets on Isla Mujeres. Her rescue efforts began in her own home, which sometimes housed up to 60 dogs in need of help. She launched Isla Animals, the unofficial humane society of Isla Mujeres, and in 2005, she received the Doris Day Animal Kindred Spirit Award. In 2007, she was invited to Mexico City for the first Forum on Small Animal Overpopulation in Mexico.
For more information or to find out how you can support the ongoing efforts of Isla Animals, please visit the website www.islaanimals.org, follow them on Facebook, or visit the GoFundMe page. To view the award-winning documentary about Isla Animals, Last in Line, please visit here.