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Old 06-15-2014   #1 (permalink)
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Volunteer, Donate to Animals in Playa del Carmen

Playa has wonderful beaches, food, entertainment, culture, etc.. but you can also make a HUGE difference in the lives of the local cats and dogs here too.
I've been fortunate enough to get acquainted with 3 very dedicated and deserving charities in Playa for the past 7 months; Playa Animal Rescue, Coco's Cat Rescue and SOS El Arca.
The local animals (cats and dogs mainly) are in desperate need of everyone's help to give them a fighting chance in an area where there is a large population of abandoned, abused, or suffering animals. These dogs and cats are so loving, fun, and affectionate and just need your assistance: time, love, funds, or items donated.

Please consider volunteering, donating funds or supplies that you can bring down from the States or Canada.

Here's some info about each one:

Who are we?

SOS EL ARCA- We are a non profit dog shelter, We are Completely privately funded, with no government financial support. We rescue and rehabilitate dogs from the street and local dog pound , where they catch and kill dogs in three days. Our main objective is to rescue and give in adoption to good homes dogs that have been abandoned, wounded abused, etc… We are a no kill shelter, our dogs are with us until we find a permanent home. A little bit of history
In 2011 our president Sylvie Goetz, decided to take the responsibility of adopting a dog and went directly to the local pound.
The conditions were terrible, the dogs didn’t have any food or water, they died of hunger, dehydration and many other horrible ways. She left there with her skinny dog, for many days she carefully cared for him. And after he was well she decided to help all the dogs that were locked up any way she could. She brought them food, published their pictures and found homes for over 80 of them in the first 3 months. Taking care of over 80 dogs was a huge Job and so were the costs, for that reason SOS was born. At first one of the goals of SOS was to work with the local church and create a orphanage for kids and give each child a dog as well as work with zoo therapy with the rescued dogs but due to the amount of dogs in need of desperate help it was necessary to put off those plans for a while and become only a no kill shelter for dogs.
Our mission

Help and save as many dogs as possible from, abuse, abandonment, hunger, etc. By rehabilitating and taking care of them as long as necessary until finding a loving permanent home.
Our vision

To be a positive influence in as many poor, abandoned and wounded dogs of Playa del Carmen as possible that includes but is not limited to:
  • Spay and neutering.
  • Rehabilitate both mentally and fisically.
  • Care for in our shelter until we find a permanent home.
  • Give veterinary care.

  • To create an environment to attract, constant corporate and personal sponsers.
  • Active, involved, committed, and regular volunteers.
  • To do fun and unique fund raisers.
  • To have a strong and regular base of foster homes.
Without this and your help we simply could not carry on and the dogs would suffer.
Immediate needs:

A puppy houseTo improve the physical infrastructure of our shelter It is very sad to see to such a poor shelter in such a rich tourist community. We strive to do better for the dogs. The dogs and the structure only survive on donations of generous supporters and We thank you and ask you to continue to support us.
Our future projects
  • A mobile clinic to server the communities with very low cost vet services and sterilization
  • Where people do not have money to pay a vet nor a car to drive to a vet.
  • Zoo-therapy where our dogs receive training and become aids to sick and needy children to help recover from or live with terminal illness.
  • Courses in grade schools in how to care for animals.
Call Us: (+52 1) 984 132 0583

Playa Animal Rescue, Inc. is a 501(c)3 registered non-profit, organization that assists in fundraising our no-kill animal shelter located in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Playa Animal Rescue A.C. is dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating injured and abandoned dogs, and to finding permanent, loving homes for each of them.
We are also dedicated to promoting responsible pet ownership with community outreach and education, as well as promoting spaying and neutering of pets.
Your support is vital to achieving our goals
We thank you!
U.S. FEIN #45-4956962
Playa Animal House A.C. d/b/a Playa Animal Rescue
Mexican Tax ID #PAH11205NNA
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A non-profit organization with a no-kill policy, dedicated to reducing the population of unwanted pets in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Coco’s Cat Rescue is dedicated to reducing and controlling cat and dog populations in Playa del Carmen (PdC) and the Riviera Maya (RM), Mexico, through our permanent clinic facility and mobile spay and neuter clinics throughout the region. Low cost or free sterilization is provided for pets, street dogs and cats, and animals rescued by local rescue groups.
We work with families and communities, providing on-site spay and neuter, or transporting animals to and from our clinic, for those without the means to do so. Control of feral cats is achieved through TNR (trap, spay/neuter and return) programs in local neighborhoods and includes implementing the Cat Café program in hotels and resorts, providing TNR for their feral cats, with annual follow up to ensure the health of their stable, non-reproducing populations.
Although our kitten space is limited, whenever possible we shelter, treat, tame and sterilize kittens less than three months. Our objective is to find adoptive homes for all Coco’s kittens in our care. When kittens are rescued by other people, we offer free vaccines, de-parasite, kitten milk, sterilization, and general medical care, helping the rescuers who take responsibility for adoption of kittens in their care
We are committed to education to ensure responsible pet ownership and challenge negative attitudes and behaviors towards feral cats and street dogs. Our long term mission is to greatly reduce the number of unwanted dogs and cats in our mission area, and to continue to expand our model.


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Old 06-16-2014   #2 (permalink)
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Thank you for bringing this to our attention--there can never be too much encouragement to do right by this area's stray animals, as peeps have been doing for many years.
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