What We Do
WHAT WE DO AT OUR SHELTER
- At the shelter, we care for 100 or more dogs and cats at any given time. Many are adopted as a result of our active adoption programs, but new animals are always coming in. We receive animals whose owners can’t or won’t care for them and animals that people find lost or in distress. We also receive dogs that were picked up by the local pound and were never claimed by owners.
- Our kennel staff stays very busy keeping the shelter clean and presentable. They also feed, bathe, walk and play with the animals. Volunteers help out too, so if you’d like to spend a few hours with us, it would be greatly appreciated!
- Our staff and volunteers also perform TNR (Trap, Neuter, Release) operations. Many times we get calls reporting abuse or neglect and we do our best to provide a solution to the problem and even provide rehabilitation to animals in need.
- Our medical staff take care of all our resident animals’ health and also spend several hours each day dedicated to operating on animals brought in for the free spay and neuter program. We also provide veterinary services to the public, which covers some of our costs and allows us to give information about responsible guardianship.
- Our medical staff takes care of all our resident animals’ health, spending several hours each day dedicated to sterilization surgeries. We also provide veterinary services to the public, which covers some of our costs and allows us to give information about responsible guardianship.
- The shelter is open to the public, so please stop in to visit us and perhaps meet your new best friend!
SPAY & NEUTER PROGRAM
Spay/Neuter is the most important program we have to help reduce the amount of unwanted pets living in the streets of Cozumel. Our medical staff spends several hours a day dedicated to sterilization surgeries.
In the spring and fall we are overwhelmed with litters of kittens and puppies that are either found abandoned at the Humane Society doors or surrendered by people who encounter them on the street. As we receive them we do our best to educate the owners on the importance of spaying and neutering their animals. Our goal is to make spay/neuter more familiar and available to the people of Cozumel, Mexico.
Your donations will help us continue this important service.
COORDINATING INTERNATIONAL ADOPTIONS
Thanks to the generous support from many caring people and organizations in the U.S. and Canada, we are able to relocate many of our animals to rescue shelters abroad. Once there, they are fostered or rehabilitated as needed and then adopted into loving homes.
Getting these animals to their final destination takes quite a bit of coordinating on both ends – from arranging transportation and getting the required paperwork to recruiting volunteers and finding escorts for the flights. Our beloved and irreplaceable volunteers devote much of their time coordinating these transfers. Most of our international adoptions fly from the Cancun Airport, which complicates things even more! The animals and volunteers travel between Cozumel and Playa Del Carmen by ferry, then to Cancun from Playa Del Carmen by vehicle.
Fundraising is critical, so much considerable time and effort is spent on it. We have several major annual events, such as our Puppy kissing booth stand, Art Exhibition and Auction, Halloween Costume Party at Senor Frogs, Sunset Sails and the big Christmas Dinner Party. In addition, we have garage sales, raffles and other activities throughout the year.
Our monthly expenses average about $160,000 to $180,000 pesos (approx. $8,400 to $10,000 US dollars). The largest expenses include:
- Salaries for 3 Veterinarians, 2 Vet Technician, Clinic Assistant, Secretary, Clinic director, adoption coordinator and 5 full-time kennel workers totaling 14 employees
- Medicines and treatments for animals
- Food and general supplies for the shelter
Only a small portion of our costs are covered by veterinary services provided at the shelter. Many of our patients owners cannot afford to pay anything. In those cases 100% of the cost of treatments is absorbed by the HSCI. The rest comes from active fundraising, donation boxes in town, donations through this website and sales of t-shirts and pet accessories with our logo available at our stores.
Taking Care of Business…
In addition to running the shelter and clinic, much of our work involves answering emails, ordering supplies, contacting other organizations, fundraising, acquiring equipment, supplies and veterinary help, as well as networking for adoptions abroad. And, of course, there’s bookkeeping, making reports, running errands…we happily do all this and more for the animals in our care.
We need help! We need money to keep going!
The HSCI is funded by donations and the last 2 years have been extremely difficult.
You can make a tax-deductible donation in the U.S. or click on the PayPal link.
Thank you to all of our volunteers and sponsors for your year-round support!
Ricky & his mom Danika Gauthier