Why Dogs From Mexico?

If you could see what I saw, you wouldn’t have to ask. Yet that is the question I get ALL THE TIME. Why am I bringing or working to rescue dogs from Mexico when there are so many here (in the U.S.) that need help too? As my friend, Pamela, who has rescued wolf dogs for the past 30 years, so eloquently put it: “A life is a life is a life.” And frankly, I feel the same way. Another lady who saw one of my posts said, “I don’t care where the dogs come from. I just want to help!” Again, I agree. But back to “Why Mexico?” The conditions there for dogs are atrocious. Many of the people don’t have much money; therefore they don’t sterilize their pets because they can’t afford to. Some of the people simply view them as wild animals and don’t even notice them. Some people mistreat their dogs horribly like this one below.
Recently, thanks to citizen movements and new ideals that seek a better treatment towards animals, several State Laws have been approved in Mexico that protect animal life; or at least the States Governments have reformed their criminal codes to include crimes of animal cruelty.

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.

This dog at least appears to be receiving some care

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?”

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