What we do
Isla Animals does whatever is needed.
Spay and neuter is our main purpose, but along with that we never leave a puppy in the street. We distribute supplies like vaccinations and parasite medicines, and the education on why this is so important.
Why we are necessary
- There is an over population of un-sterilized, un-wanted animals who live in the streets and are neglected, abused, starved and considered a threat to the community’s health.
- Education is needed. A mangy starving dog is the norm and this has distorted the expectations of the community.
- Puppies are everywhere and given to children as toys. They’re not expected to survive and rarely do in these conditions. Therefore adopting a puppy does not represent a commitment.
- Veterinary care is not accessible. Most people cannot afford a car and sadly taxis often won’t pick up passengers with dogs. Therefore most of the animals are never vaccinated or treated for internal and external parasites.
- The average dog is skinny, mangy, tick and flea infested and not welcome inside the home. Therefore even owned dogs are subject to the same conditions as street dogs.
What we do about it
- Free spay and neuter
- Offer low cost or free parasite medicine
- Take puppies off the street, treat them and re-home them
- Encourage owner participation in all the services that we offer
- Distribute free food when possible
- Teach people what IS available to improve the health of the animals.
Upcoming projects: Rancho Viejo Annual Spay / Neuter Campaign – 2023 CANCELED –
Our yearly campaign in Rancho Viejo is currently canceled. In April 2023 the government of Isla Mujeres decided to reclaim the space we had been offered 8 years before and used it as a shelter.
We were given 3 or 4 weeks to move out, and while we went through rethinking the way we work, adapted to a temporary location, and started building a proper shelter with all the facilities we need, nothing has happened in the last 6 months in Mundaca.
Regardless, our current main project is to finish Isla Animals OASIS and while we are still doing rescue, with the challenges that come from not having the necessary space, we desperately need to finish the building to be able to continue our mission.
FOR MORE INFO ON THE BUILDING AND UPCOMING PROJECTS, PLEASE CHECK OUR BLOG.
Together we can make a BIG DIFFERENCE
Why Spay & Neuter is 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 our clinic.