I’ve talked about Pepe, the man I met who has been working for years to capture, sterilize and release back where they were found, the dogs from the streets. No, he can’t save them all, he can’t sterilize them all but for him, each dog that he sterilizes means one less dog reproducing, leaving more unwanted puppies on the streets.
A fertile dog can produce an average of two litters in one year. The average number of puppies in a canine litter is six to ten. Up to 508 puppies can be born from one un-spayed female dog and her offspring in seven years. Multiply that by the thousands (or millions) of untended dogs on the streets and we have ourselves a nightmare.
Many people of my generation (dating myself!) will remember Muhammad Ali, a famous boxer known for his saying “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” But there is a lesser known quote attributed to him, one I learned from reading an article upon his death in 2016. A quote that struck me to my core and became my truth: “Service to others is the rent we pay for our room here on Earth.”
I vowed to live that truth and have done so to the best of my ability. When I saw the need in Mexico, that became my mission. I’m just paying my rent and seeking to raise awareness. And that is “Why Mexico?”